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Re: Restoring the finish on antique table

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-240.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 11/19/2 16:24

In Response To: Restoring the finish on antique table (Elizabeth)

You will need to clean the table with soap and water. Use a mild soap and do not soak just dampen rinse and wipe dry. You may have to repeat this several times to get the table clean. If there are oil stains on the table you can wet them with naptha and soak it up with kitty litter, again this may take several treatments to get the worst of the stains out. ONce the table is clean lightly sand any rough sposts with 220 grit paper. Then you have a choice of whether or not to put a finish on that will form a film for gratest protection or a wax finish. If you want a film finish you should put on a coat of 3lb. cut shellac to seal the wood then varnish or lacquer over to build a film. Once you have a film finish built up sand lightly with 360 grit paper to knock down any nibs then rub out with 0000 steel wool.

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