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Re: Cleaning antique finishes

Sgian Dubh
"I wool and oiled it (boiled) and it brightened it up considerably."
Bill, I'd be wary of recommending including linseed oil, boiled or raw, in polish revivers. Linseed oil has a tendency to darken wood, which may be undesirable. There's an old recipe for polish reviver that used frequently to be suggested made up of three equal parts raw linseed oil, alcohol (meths) and vinegar. Charles Hayward was a well known proponent of this and other similar concoctions. As I understand it (and I could be wrong) most antique restorers nowadays are no longer in favour of this type of formulation because of the previously mentioned darkening effect on wood. Slainte.

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