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by Bob Boardman
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: furniture restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 46

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: 1582

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: 1582

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: 1582

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: 1582

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: 1582

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: 1304

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: 1304

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: 5335

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: 1990

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: 1990

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: 2007

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: 2912

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: 5335

Re: Spam

Like it
by Bob Boardman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 5335

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: 1774

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: 1789

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: 8792

Re: Another newbie looking for direction

Posting a picture of the doors and hinges would be helpful
by Bob Boardman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak
Replies: 3
Views: 1977

Re: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak

If you sand, you'll just be taking finish off the hard grain, and won't be able to really get to the softer grain in the valleys. You can apply a coat or 2 of diluted finish (add 15 - 20% mineral spirits). The diluted finish will build up in the valleys eventually "filling" these areas in ...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak
Replies: 3
Views: 1977

Re: refinishing hardwood floors-white oak

Some thoughts: 1) The different texture is most the result of how the tree grows. There's soft grain and hard grain. The softer areas wear faster whereas the harder areas don't. This results in the softer wood leaving "valleys' and the harder wood being 'peaks'. When you say "where the gra...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Trouble stripping old buffett
Replies: 1
Views: 1646

Re: Trouble stripping old buffett

Strippers typically remove stains that have pigment in them. The reason for this is that the pigment needs to be mixed with a diluted finish so that it stays in place. Pigmented stains sit "on th and e wood"are used to give an even "paint" like color to the wood, and is transluce...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White ring marks on veneer after stripping
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Re: White ring marks on veneer after stripping

Stain is optional though you may want to add some color to the place where you sanded thru. If you want to do that let us know
by Bob Boardman
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: White ring marks on veneer after stripping
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Re: White ring marks on veneer after stripping

First, white marks usually mean that there's water in the finish - not in the wood. So the 1st thing is to make sure you removed all the finish. To do that wipe the table down with a rag dipped in paint thinner. This will highlight areas where there's still finish. Use your stripper to remove this, ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)
Replies: 15
Views: 4582

Re: Antique lacquer over red pigment or dye restoration (should be photo heavy)

That's some fine looking work. =D>

Good job with the color

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