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Re: how to clean cigarette film 40 yrs

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 4/5/5 11:47

In Response To: Re: how to clean cigarette film 40 yrs (James Schooley)

In my experience, that amount of tar and nicotine won't come off with just a cloth....it may, but...usually you'll have to use some 0000 steel wool or at the very least a white ScotchBrite pad to augment the Naptha. You'll be amazed at how much dark, tobacco-ey grime comes off....you can pour the Naptha or Mineral spirits into a small low container, I like the small, black microwaveable food trays, and dip the steel wool or pad into the liquid and rub with the grain working in small sections. Dry as you go with cotton rags, or "shop rag" paper toweling. Use white so you can really see the grime...and see when it's gone...this is assuming the under lying finish is in reasonably good condition. Work in an area with plenty of ventilation. Then afer the piece is clean you can use a polishing compound like 3M's one step cleaner/wax to buff up the finish to a sheen...or as James suggests, a good paste wax depending on the results...and depending on what you'd like to see as the end result....experimentation is the key.

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