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Re: Stripped grandfather clock

Posted By: bobup (12-216-236-41.client.mchsi.com)
Date: 5/14/2 21:46

In Response To: Re: Stripped grandfather clock (Ben mueller)

Dampen a rag with denatured alcohol. Wipe and dab at rough spots to smooth out surface. You can sand lightly with very high grit paper 320/400 to further smooth if required. At the local paint store or home store purchase premade shellac. Out of the can the color will be honey or very close to it. At the paint store ask for a tinting color compatible with alchol based finishes to bring the shellac to a color that resembles the remaining color of the clock base. They can mix it for you or you can start with a small amount and add little by little until you acheive the desired result. Buy a small quanity of denatured alcohol and thin the mixture if needed to obtain smooth flow. A few thin coats of medium colored shellac will produce a nicer result than trying to add all the finish and color at one time. You can lightly sand in between coats if surface does not seem smooth enough to you. I do not agree that there is no place for the stripping of furniture in repair and restoration work. IF one knows how to properly replicate the finishes and color used on the item originally and the current finish is badly decomposed or damaged, removing it is not out of the realm of a trained restoration technician.

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