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Re: Cleaning a beautiful old pine table

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 5/2/5 16:57

In Response To: Re: Cleaning a beautiful old pine table (roger demuth)

What Roger's refferring to is called ScotchBrite...but be warned that Rogers method will liquify and remove all the wax and that may not be desirable.If the finish is basically intact, you might be able to take a 0000 steel wool pad to it lightly rubbing with the grain, dry, just to remove the worst of the contaminates without removing much of the finish, then wipe with the grain with a cloth thats damp, not dripping wet, with mineral spirits...let dry thoroughly and simply rewax using moderate to hard pressure during application. Wax in circles about 8-10" while working along the grain down the length, pressing really hard to kind of re-amalgamate the existing film, and then finish with long strokes with the grain right away before the wax starts getting dry.Don't be stingy with the wax, either, you're trying to slightly dissolve the existing layer and mix it with new wax then evenly depositing that slurry across the table as you go... Work across the table plank by plank, waxing one plank at a time until you've covered the whole table, then let dry and buff off with lots of elbow grease...I have rejuvinated a wax surface many times leaving the existing patina intact...and often it's desirable on an antique...just be warned that a big table is a lot of work...if you're not breathing hard and working up a sweat, you're not applying enough pressure...and keep the steps evenly dispersed across the whole surface.....hope this helps...

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