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restoring shellac finish

Posted By: Terry Candee <Tcandee@logicsouth.com> (tnt01p1-141.logicsouth.com)
Date: 6/9/2 10:22

I have an early 19th century walnut burl dining room table with the original shellac finish I wish to restore. (I have a refinishing shop but this is the first table of this quality I have encountered. 99% are lacquer.) I am obviously not going to strip it as it doesn't need it, wouldn't anyway, but the finish is beginning to break down. I have a working knowledge of shellac and can apply a french polish but not very well. If I was to tackle it with no help, I would clean it with naptha, lightly sand (320), spray on a few coats of shellac (I have never been able to apply by use of a rubber. I make too many mistakes) and begin to rub out. How far off am I, what steps have I missed? I assume you are familiar with Sean Clarke's article in Fine Woodworking. I would skip most steps and go to the rub out stage he describes.

I have sent a similar request for help to Jeff Jewitt.

Your response is appreciated. Terry

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