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Re: Restoring kitchen chairs?

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-54.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/24/4 10:17

The finish, what's left of it has no more antique value for these chairs. A significant antique, say a chipendale, has a finish that was applied by hand in a small shop, by an artisan of historic note, and in total. Most old furniture we see today is the result of a factory setting and a production line finish. So when we see a worn out finish it does no real harm, any longer, to refinish since the damage is done. If you like the present look, plus some sprucing up, then clean the entire chair with some Murphys Oiil Soap to loosen dirt and even the loose finish. Dry right away and scrub lightly with 0000 steel wool and Naptha, wipe clean. Wet dry sand with 320 grit wet dry paper and Naptha where there is a spot of paint or the like. For black spots and water rings, use a water and oxalic acid mix, repeat till the stain is gone, rinse with warm water and dry off the wet spot. Select an Danish Oil Stain that gets the look you are after. If this is not important then you can shellac now or just wax and shine. Once the oil stain has set for 30 minutes, wipe off the excess and dispose of the oily rags, after soaking in water, to avoid cumbustion. Once again, you can now wax or shellac as you desire. The old finish is still intact, and you have that worn/cared for, look. You may wish to knock off some of the shellac shine with some 0000 steel wool for a satin shine.

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