Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Cleaning antique finishes

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
If it is that far gone then I think you need to remove the "dead" finish. If you put fresh varnish over dead finish it probably will not adhere.

I have a "high dollar" walnut desk I bought cheap ($140). The lacquer finish on the top was worn through a few places. I didn't have time to do a refinish at the time. I wool and oiled it (boiled) and it brightened it up considerably. Eventually I need to strip and recoat though.

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