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Re: old trunk - canvas

Posted By: James Schooley (0-2pool241-244.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 5/20/4 10:33

In Response To: old trunk - canvas (Maggie)

Not everyone is removeing canvas, and wrecking, their trunks. You will need to restore the paint, therefore look for a color that matches the aged color you feel best looks authentic. Go ahead and clean off the dodo with a mild amonia and cold water, scrub and work fast, dry off the clean spot and move on to a new area. The glue will hold well, if a loose spot appears, use a warm iron to press it back down. Once dry, use a little thinner and some white and black paint to make a couple versions of the paint you chose, to create variations of the color, lighter and darker. Take a clean rag and lightly smudge the paint (oil base) into the bad spots, or dab and stiple with a stencil brush and the several colors you have mixed, combine the colors till they blend to look natural. If you are not satisfied, use paint thinner to clean it all off the area and try again. Lastly cover the paint with a couple coats of fresh shellac (2 lb. cut) and when dry, buff with 0000 steel wool to lower the sheen if you wish.

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