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Re: "grained" woodwork

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-2pool241-206.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/12/5 00:56

In Response To: "grained" woodwork (Gail M.)

The tast you are persueing is very tricky but can be done, witha bit of practice success can be achieved. Start with a Naptha cleaning and 0000 steel wool, to clean, wipe off all loosened dirt with a separate rag so as not to re-spread the dirt and soot. When the wipe cloth shown no more dirt proceed to a fresh location and go on till a good work space if fully cleaned. Now you will need to make a few colored shellac mixtures from a dewaxed blond shellac flake that is mixed with denatured alcohol and allowed to set for a day and possibly filtered through a paint filter, if needed. The shellac can be drawn into small jars of each color you will need to touch-up the chipped areas. Here you can use analine dye, which is fairly cheep, or the good stuff, Trans Tints, which is not cheep. A wood grain surface will require at least three shades of color to do a decent job. I have, at times, 6 or 7 shades to do this work, and a few good quality artist brushes. Thin the tinted shellac in small amounts on a pallet or water color mixing tray. Starting with the lightest shade, build the low color values and work up to the darkest. Let each color dry prior to the next color, and sand it lightly with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper to even out the surfaces. As a chip reaches the final stage use some untinted shellac to fill the surface smooth and when dry, light sand, and buff with 0000 steel wool till the sheen blends with the rest.

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