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Re: HELP! - restoring 1940s mahogany cabinet

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-60.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/28/4 20:09

In Response To: Re: HELP! - restoring 1940s mahogany cabinet (Shaye)

Begin with a good Metholene Chloride type stripper, find a spot out of direct sun and away from a strong breeze. Inside a garage with the door open is good. I prefer the Old Masters TM4 stripper, a paste type will do best on paint. Pick up some 0000 steel wool, coarse rags, and a medium size putty knif, with the corners ground off. Any thing that will get into the narrow spots and details is fine, nut picks, old butter knif, a spatula. Put on a thick layer of paint stripper, don't mess around with the stripper, just lay it on and let it work. After 10 or 15 minutes check with the tip of your putty knif to see if you have good penetration of the stripper, when the effect is fairly complete remove what is loose and repeat. Work in 12" x 12" areas till you have a feel for it and can do a larger spece. Cover the stripper with kitchen wrap if you feel you arn't getting good results. Don't leave a sticky mess, clean off all that is wet befor putting the project away. Reconjealed paint is more dense and harder to reliquify. Once you have all the old finish and paint off rinse with lacquer thinner and scrub with the fine steel wool. Alwaya wear good heavy duty gloves, eye protection and keep any sparks or flame away from stripping procedures. Don't leave a stripped item too long with out a finish as the wood, glue and jounts will dry out and crack, warp and split. One month is as long as would be prudent with out a finish, depending on storage conditions of the stripped piece.

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