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Re: Removing antique glue

Posted By: Michael l. Norton <Restora7@aol.com> (cache-mtc-ab02.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 6/30/4 14:22

In Response To: Removing antique glue (Peter Yorston)

There is no such thing as hide resin glue. Resin glue is a catalyzed plastic and it is possible the joints were reglued at some point with something other than hide glue, which is a water based animal skin glue. However the warm water test will tell for sure. Watco is a combination of oils (including linseed oil) phenolic resin (plastic) and formaldehyde. Not a natural finish and unacceptable according to the American Institute of Conservation ethics. Linseed oil, used properly, is a natural finish and is the preferred oil of period furniture restorationists. Although it is true, continuous applications of undilluted linseed oil will darken the wood in time, dilluted and wiped dry and then waxed, seals the renewed patina with the minimum of consequences, for a long lasting and natural protection. Good luck.

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