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Re: "grained" woodwork

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 7/12/5 10:27

In Response To: Re: "grained" woodwork (James Schooley)

Most grained surfaces from that era used pigmented oil glazes (paint based) and then were hand painted and grained with graining tools that when dragged and rolled alternately over a surface and would simulate grains of different woods quite effectively. These glazes dried slowly and allowed any less than perfect areas to be wiped off and redone easily while wet during the process. You could use easily available Acrylic paints to do touch up and repairs to small areas. Most of the undercoating will be the lighter colors so when these areas are scratched or nicked the resulting damage is light colored. You have to be really careful if you use any sandpaper as well because it will start to lighten the area immediatley. Gel stains like Bartley can also work to touch up nicks and scratches and even blend areas of chipping, and they can be intermixed or augmented with colorants as well.You can also wax these surfaces with a dark paste wax to further blend the areas and add a protective layer to the surface as a last step.

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