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Re: restore antique secretary

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-180.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 4/25/5 10:19

In Response To: restore antique secretary (Nina)

Dipping furniture in a vat full of hot Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is the only method of stripping that will do harm to glue joints when properly used, as well as raising the grain and trashing the patina. A good paste stripper, after several applications, followed by a liquid stripper and fine steel wool combination, will do the job. You will want to have water incase you get some on your skin, ventilation and a charcoal filter (hepa) respirator mask, as the fumes can be harmful to inhale. It's the methylene chloride that makes the faster working stripper and used safely is the better choice, some "safe" type strippers are availed but don't remove paint as well. The glue while already old, will be safe so long as you don't allow moisture to get into the joints and weaken the glue, or leave it unfinished for months and months.

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