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Re: french armoire

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 4/26/5 15:21

In Response To: Re: french armoire (James Schooley)

Hi Dianna..yet another nugget of information from here...this type of wear is regarded as normal, and even desirable on an Antique...also cleaning the whole piece with naptha could strip much of the Patina off so proceed very carefully. The original finish might indeed be shellac, but over the many years, dirt, wax, oils and what we call "patina" has developed over the entire surface of the piece. This "original" state of the finish adds value to it as a piece of history.Too often so called "restorers" are too quick to strip all this history off. Once again, I am not contradicting or negating James's suggestions, just adding another 2 cents worth of opinion to the discussion. A colored paste wax like Briwax, Liberon,etc. in Tudor brown or a Dark brown , might be worth a try.These so called "restoration" waxes do just that, and are designed for maintenance of Antique finishes as well as other applications. They can blend an area like this in one easy step and provide protection, and restore sheen without taking away from the overal condition.www.woodworkers.com has several.

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