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Removal of Old Wax

Posted By: Jane <pihwht@sbcglobal.net> (adsl-68-91-80-4.dsl.ksc2mo.swbell.net)
Date: 10/21/5 11:59

I have inherited my grandmother's late 19th century sideboard, which has similarities to Eastlake furniture but is not as ornate. Its finish in quite good condition for its age, showing some wear on the top only. It has pin and crescent (Knapp) joints in the large drawers and, except for one bail and one screw, all its original hardware. Planning to merely rewax it, I have wiped it down with a cloth dampened with naphtha in the hope of removing whatever grime and wax is there. Then I buffed it lightly with 0000 steel wool; and to my surprise the steel wool pulled up whitish powder, which I think is wax. I don't think it's shellac, as the surface didn't react to the naphtha by getting gummy like other shellacked pieces I have restored, though I didn't soak it.

How do you recommend I proceed? What do you recommend for removing wax?

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