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Re: Old Buffet with mold

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-152.rconnect.com)
Date: 1/12/3 16:27

In Response To: Old Buffet with mold (Stacy Holman)

If the damage is not to severe, you can clean it with white vinegar. Mildew, if very extreme, may be removed with a water and bleach mixture, 75-25 ratio. Wipe it on with a 3M pad and wipe it dry after a very short time so as not to turn the finish white, do a 'round behind' test area first. Now look at the finish for haze in the finish, wipe on some lemon oil to see if the color returns. If not you may need to put on a new top coat of shellac or lacquer depending on what is present. Test 'round behind' again to see if this is workable. Usually a steel wool buffing and a good wax is all that I need to revive a finish like the one you describe. To test for shellac, use alcohol on a cotton ball, rub it on a descrete spot for a minute. Hold the ball to the wet spot, if it will stick to the spot, it's shellac. If not it's likely Lacquer and we need to talk some more.

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