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Re: Musty odor

Posted By: tom <finedge@mn.rr.com> (CPE-65-29-52-29.mn.rr.com)
Date: 2/20/5 16:26

In Response To: Re: Musty odor (Roger DeMuth)

Roger's given you some good advice. If you don't want to mix your own, a bleaching type shower cleaner in a spray bottle works fine. I've also found that a lot of old furniture drawers and instrument/tool cases were made of basswood. It gives off a very musty smelling stink when it gets old. So after I bleach the wood, let it dry and knock off any raised grain I give everything inside a couple coats of 1# cut shellac. The suff you can get at your local big box store works fine - just thin it with an additional 2 parts of denatured alcohol. Be generous: cover everything inside the piece (not just the drawers) and really let it soak down into any joints or rabbets. Shellac is a great barrier coat so it locks in the smell and I suspect any left over mold or mildew spores as well. It's also "food safe". M&M's and fresh produce are coated with it to make'em shine so children should be at no risk.

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