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Re: First timer

Posted By: Peter Dale (spider-mtc-tk033.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 5/26/2 15:48

In Response To: First timer (Sarah)

I'm Not an expert in this area. First of all make sure that the inside is completely dry. Put it in sunlight or place a low wattage heater on a chair to blow across the top of it. Once you feel it is dry you can place an opened box of baking soda inside to help draw out the smell. There are probably a number of commercially available product or shachet bags available on the market.Don't be afraid to ask a local refinisher for advise, most would help. For the hardware and leather straps etc. I'd suggest starting with Van Dykes restorer catalog available free by calling 1 800 558 1234. In Cleveland ,Oh. there used to be a place called The Trunk Co. or similar, with a small but very good varity of replacement items. As for polishing the fittings , you can't go wrong using a product called "NEVER DULL" Its a wadding like shredded cotton impregnated with cleaner and comes in a small can. Even if the fittings are iron or steel, it brings out a nice finish and cleans at the same time. Good Luck --- Maybe someone else out there will add some more thoughts for you.

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