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Re: antique bench preservation

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-190.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 3/21/4 20:29

In Response To: antique bench preservation (Pamela)

I think you could try some denatured alcohol and some scrubbing, if it seems that something like a finish is comming off then I think you may want to keep going with the alcohol and some fine steel wool to speed things up a little. A shellac finish is a likely coating for this type and age of a bench surface, but most of it could have worn off by now. After the shellac removal the same process with paint thinner may be useful. Let dry, stain with a danish oil, like dark walnut, and after 36 hours of dry time re shellac a few times with fresh shellac, look on the bottom. Buff the dry shellac with 0000 steel wool and apply a satin wax in small areas with light amounts to avoid the sticky mess.

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