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by Bob Boardman
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Hardwood Floors
Replies: 3
Views: 18

Re: Hardwood Floors

A number of floor finish guys in this area are using a line of water base products from company called Bona. They offer water and oil base floor finishes. They like a water base product called Bona Mega. Easy to use, not overly expensive, can be lightly walked on after 12 hours, non yellowing. When ...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Steel Screw Replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Steel Screw Replacement

Depends on a number of things. - If you want to stay with period hardware use steel slotted screws - If no concern about keeping within the Victorian style you can use what ever you want. Phillips easier to work with, steel is a harder metal, less likely to end up with chamfered edges as brass can. ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Union Machinist Tool Chest Restoration
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Union Machinist Tool Chest Restoration

Here's some thoughts and info: 1) There was a company called "Union Instrument Corp" in PLainfield, NJ. They've gone out of business, but you may want to do some sleuthing to find out more about the company and it's products. 2) Based upon the photos, the slight "crazing' of the finis...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Grand Father Clock
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: Grand Father Clock

Tim
Thx for the follow up
by Bob Boardman
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Various wood in vanity- newb
Replies: 1
Views: 284

Re: Various wood in vanity- newb

Some thoughts: 1) Wood is an extremely poor material to use as a sink - even with numerous coats of poly. If you're dead set on using this piece for a sink look at Water-Lox for a finish/sealant https://www.waterlox.com/original 2) Different types of wood absorb stain differently. Using one coat of ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Grand Father Clock
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Re: Grand Father Clock

1) Try to determine what the finish is. Use a swab dipped in denatured alcohol and rub on a small spot. If finish gets sticky it's shellac (and the clock is probably more than 75 years old). If finish not shellac, dip a swab in lacquer thinner and rub on a small spot. If finish gets sticky it's a la...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: lacquer or varnish over Danish oil
Replies: 1
Views: 504

Re: lacquer or varnish over Danish oil

Some thoughts and comments: 1) It makes a difference as to what type of rub-on finish you're using. A rubbing oil or 'Antique oil' finish (which are basically diluted linseed oil or varnish) aren't designed to give a gloss or semi-gloss sheen...more like an eggshell sheen. If you're using a rub-on p...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: furniture restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 2807

Re: furniture restoration

Any quality waterbase paint will do
by Bob Boardman
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about fixing a table
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: Newbie question about fixing a table

If the finish is lacquer (even WB) you'll need to remove with lacquer thinner. Follow directions on can. When you think finish is removed, wipe surface with rag dipped in paint thinnner - this will highlight any finish still in place. When all finish is removed, wipe surface (esp the black spots) wi...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about fixing a table
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: Newbie question about fixing a table

You can usually buy a quart in a supermarket for a couple bucks
by Bob Boardman
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about fixing a table
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: Newbie question about fixing a table

No acetone won't work. Try regular household ammonia (not Sudsy ammonia). If finish comes off it's shellac
by Bob Boardman
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about fixing a table
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: Newbie question about fixing a table

Yes - if you can remove the stains by removing the finish, then I would still remove the finish - - no need for any bleaching
by Bob Boardman
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about fixing a table
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: Newbie question about fixing a table

First, I believe your best course of action is to remove the existing finish and apply a new finish. Dark damage such as what you describe is damage in the wood (not the finish), probably caused by a reaction between the plasticizers in the yoga mat reacting to the solvents in the finish. This usual...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about Deft
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: Newbie question about Deft

Polycrylic is a combo of polyurethane and an acrylic finish. These are basically liquified plastics and dry to a very durable finish. While lacquer is a liquified type of plastic, it contains a much higher, and stronger combo of solvents. As such it isn’t considered a durable finish, and as you’ve f...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newbie question about Deft
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: Newbie question about Deft

I have to admit I know nothing about chalk paint, but do know a little about Deft spray. The spray is a reduced lacquer. It provides primarily a gloss finish and provides a small amout of protection. Lacquer is known to adhere to most surfaces, and can be removed with lacquer thinner. You should onl...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 8045

Re: Spam

Thanks
by Bob Boardman
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase
Replies: 3
Views: 3264

Re: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase

For back veneer I'd simply buy some 1/4 or 5/16 veneer; remove old veneer and apply the new. You won't have to worry about the value of the piece, as it will probably be worth more with the repair.
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase
Replies: 3
Views: 3264

Re: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase

Some quick thoughts: 1) recognize that if painted in the 40's or 50's this paint most likely contains lead - so be careful if doing any sanding. Use a facemask, toss rags, etc. 2) Howard's-Restora-Finish is a good cleaner for the inside. Lemon oil & 'Feed & Wax' are more hype than function. ...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: SAVE THE PATINA ?
Replies: 2
Views: 3183

Re: SAVE THE PATINA ?

I'd follow Sonny's advice about testing with Denatured Alcohol. If the finish is in fact shellac, and IF you're up to a little extra work, you may be able to reconstitute the old shellac rather than removing it. Notice I say "may". To do this do the following: The basic concept is to make ...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Woodworm
Replies: 7
Views: 4555

Re: Woodworm

These are some very long wood worm divots. Being a DIY'er, you should try the wax sticks. If for whatever reason they don't work, you can remove the wax with a clothes iron and a rag, so it's a reversible repair. The only other option I see short of going to a pro, is to custom color some wood fille...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 8045

Re: Spam

Like it
by Bob Boardman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 8045

Re: Spam

Glad to hear this. Merry Christmas
by Bob Boardman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: white specks and dark spots
Replies: 1
Views: 2852

Re: white specks and dark spots

Am guessing that this is walnut, but not positive. To remove dark spots appy bleach to the area and let sit over nite White spots could be filler, or finish that sits in holes. Dampen a rag with paint thinner and rub it over the spots. If they disappear, the no worries. A new coat of finish will mak...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White water marks on veneer piano lid
Replies: 1
Views: 2868

Re: White water marks on veneer piano lid

For the areas with white marks, you have water in the finish. For areas where there is no finish either stain or finish (can't tell from pics) will be required For white marks, try the following in this sequence: 1) Use a hair dryer set on low and blow it over the damaged area 2) if that doesn't wor...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Another newbie looking for direction
Replies: 9
Views: 10580

Re: Another newbie looking for direction

Posting a picture of the doors and hinges would be helpful

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