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Re: Perfume Stains on Antique Dresser

Posted By: roger demuth <fero@sbcglobal.net> (adsl-69-221-164-162.dsl.akrnoh.ameritech.net)
Date: 4/23/5 13:32

In Response To: Re: Perfume Stains on Antique Dresser (debbie)

Debbie, As perfume has an alchohol base to it, the dresser is probably a shellac finish. Alchohol is used as the solvent for shellac and will quite literally eat the finish off. Had you caught it immediately it wouldn't be the problem it is now because the perfume would have removed the finish but not stained the wood. The stain presents and additional problem.

You can try this: Lightly sand the stain with 400 grit sandpaper and feather out the edges where the finish remains. This might ease up the stain a little but will prepare the surface for new finish. Get a can of clear shellac (not amber shellac so watch the label). With a soft lint free cloth gently wipe over the damaged surface with the rag wetted with the shellac. Let it dry for a couple of hours and repeat. Keep going over it until your repair has built up to a little above the original finish. This will take several coats. Let it sit overnight and very lightly flatten out the surface with the 400 sandpaper, then buff out gently with 0000 steel wool.

As this will be your first attempt at something like this it may not be perfect but it will do no harm in case you have to get a pro involved. Hopefully you will get it all to blend in acceptably. Greg does more repairs than I do so he may have another idea.

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