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Re: Gentleman's dresser

Posted By: roger demuth <fero@sbcglobal.net> (adsl-69-221-152-61.dsl.akrnoh.ameritech.net)
Date: 4/19/5 18:44

In Response To: Gentleman's dresser (Karen Agler)

First off.....never re-silver a mirror. I will really kill the value! I have a mirror about 100 years old and is missing silver in places but i would never fix it.

As far as stripping goes........ People think because I am a professional I use some magic super stripper. Wrong! I use the cheapest stuff i can find but in a jel form. It can be scraped off or sometimes even wiped off with paper towels. Follow up the stripping by scrubbing it with lacquer thinner and a Scotchbrite pad or steel wool. Its now just a matter of sanding, staining and finishing.

With an old piece its usually better to leave the original finish alone but as someone has already started i guess you have no choice that to finish the job. Any more questions just ask in the forum.

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