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Re: Perfume Stains on Antique Dresser

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 4/23/5 16:21

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

Perfumes can have several solvents incorporated in there vehicle, and Rogers advice is good...when you apply the shellac, make sure to make a little pad with some t-shirt material.You want to end up with a pad about 3"x3" of several folded layers, then draw up the four corners to form a ball and stretch a small rubber band around the drawn up corners to keep its shape, it should end up about 1-1/2 the size of a golf ball. You'll want to wet the resulting pad with some alcohol and then some shellac and press down the pad onto a hard surface to disperse the wetness and prepare the pad. I use a small margerine container or cream cheese container with a tight fitting lid to store the pad in between coats. You want to make sure the pad is damp enough to lay on a thin even film of shellac, but not a "wet" coat. Thin even layers is the key. Pour a teaspoon or so of shellac into the margerine container and mush the pad into it, then using the inside of the top laying on a flat surface, tap the pad several times to disperse the liquid, and then make a swift, even pass over the area...don't go back and forth over it, just a single even pass..making sure to cover the area evenly.All this will be dependant too on what the overall sheen and thickness of the rest of the finish is....you need to make any repair blend and mimic the surrounding area..which can be tricky for a novice. follow Rogers plan...a paste wax will complete the repair nicely...if you're at all unsure during the process...stop and repost...

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