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Re: removing tobacco? from antique table

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (0-1pool136-25.nas60.philadelphia1.pa.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/22/4 01:40

In Response To: Re: removing tobacco? from antique table (James Schooley)

I like Turpentine for this task...but a good quality paint thinner will work too....the finish might actually be softening though...you'll have to test and see by doing an area carefully. Hard to know what the finish is without the usual tests..alcohol will soften shellac, lac thinner will soften lac...neither will soften varnish...it's amazing how much film can be deposited by a heavy smoking environment though, sometimes, if I know I'm recoating the finish, I will wet sand with Wool lube and 600 wetdri paper, wiping constantly with clean rags, and what a mess...

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