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Re: Match Early Furniture Finish?

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-148.rconnect.com)
Date: 3/22/3 23:45

In Response To: Match Early Furniture Finish? (Steve King)

Much variation exists in the manner in which factory finishes were applied, in general stains were sprayed on in that time. That may be the overspray you are seeing, the shellac was sprayed too but not always. The thing you will need to determine is did they fill the grain, and then sand and polish the final coat? Go to an antique store and check out some other old finishes, this will give you some insite as to what was done in this case. Also try to find the maker and sometimes one can figure out the methods that way. As for the color of the shellac, that will vary on how clear the original finish was. While color could have been added, shellac then was a bit more orange than today. Orange shellac is avaible today, but all finishes darken over time. So go to work and try to determine what they did here, we can't tell from what you have given us at this point, but photos would help.

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