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Re: Repairing dark woodwork

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool247-211.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 1/4/4 02:18

In Response To: Repairing dark woodwork (Martha)

Reamalgamation is what results when you soften and redistribute the original finish, very smelly work. The Gum is a possibility, you will notice a black or dark brown streak here and there in Gum wood, usually on a tan background, a very unique looking wood. Reguardless of the wood is the finish type, and it may be shellac, if alcohol on a cotton swab softens and sticks in place, it then it is most likely shellac. You may use alcohol as a scratch eraser but it must be a very quick wipe once with a fine lint free cotton cloth. Let dry for an hour before repeating. If more extreme measures are needed, clean off any wax with paint thinner and recoat with a 2lb cut fresh coat of shellac, let dry for two hours and light sand with 320 grit sand paper, and recoat. When you are satisfied with the look you may want to buff to a satin sheen with 0000 steel wool and wax.

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