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Stripped grandfather clock

Posted By: Linda <champ@purchase.edu> (199.79.168.252)
Date: 5/14/2 12:19

My husband has a very old (late 1700s, early 1800s) grandfather clock that was in his family in New Hampshire. Back in the 1970s, he decided to strip it, and ended up with a sticky mess, and removed most of the original finish on the clock top. The tall base still has the original finish, which is very thick, dark and slightly crazed. Now that he knows better (and is very sad about the stripping), he'd like to at least try to restore the look of the top to match the bottom as much as possible. The top is still stripped, with an uneven finish -- some patches are still darker, but there's not enough finish left to actually restore -- it's mostly bare wood. The case is very plain -- probably pine.

What would be best to use to refinish the top? Does is need to be sanded more, or can the dark patches be covered with the new finish? What would be best to clean the bottom?

Thanks very much.

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