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Re: Chinese export furniture

Posted By: Michael L. Norton <Restora7@aol.com> (cache-dtc-ab03.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 7/4/4 06:05

In Response To: Re: Chinese export furniture (James Schooley)

Cullen Wilder >>> Refinishing any kind of period furniture should always be considered as a last resort. Test the finish already there, with a little bit of denatured alcohol on a soft rag, wrap the rag over your finger and dip the tip in the alcohol. Locate an inconspicuous spot, if it softens or removes the finish you know it is shellac. Now, the question is, can it or should it be restored or refurbished without refinishing, to keep it's authenticity? You said they just needed help. If most of the finish is still there, almost certainly it can be revived without refinishing and preserve it's value. Let us know, what your test results. Good luck.

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