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Re: wax buildup on french polished furniture piece

Posted By: bobup (12-216-236-41.client.mchsi.com)
Date: 3/30/2 13:36

In Response To: wax buildup on french polished furniture piece (Melody Johnson)

"french polish" is a procedure used to apply very thin coats of finish usually consisting of shellac, linseed oil and pumice & rottenstone used in varied amounts and in a certain order. If the the coating is solid and not flaking, a rag dampened with naphtha (refined paint thinner at your paint or hardware store) can be used to reomve wax build up. Use a white rag and look at it often to see if any color (color will be old wax) transfers to rag. As you move along with this process the appearance should improve (become less dull looking). If not find a supplier in you area of "Renaisance Wax" and follow directions. A little goes a long way. Waxing done properly does not have to be repeated weekly. Dusting of fine furniture can be done with a very lightly dampened rag using water followed by a dry cloth.

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