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by Bob Boardman
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring a cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Restoring a cabinet

I don't think the piece is worth the time/trouble/cost to strip, but here's somethings to try, in order of cost or difficulty. 1) Easiest and cheapest. I don't see any dark/black stains, so that means the water damage is in the finish, not in the wood. Get product called Howard's Restora-Finish. It ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

There is no visible grain other than the light scratches I've made, should I just use circular? No - go in a straight line along the length of table The polishing compound's instructions were to not let it dry. Should I start removing the compound as soon as I am done with the surface or let it sit...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

This process requires an investment of time and work - it's not just quickly rubbing on some stuff and then quickly removing it. When using the polishing compound work as follows: 1) Use a damp (not wet) clean cloth. 2) apply some compound and then use strokes in the direction of the grain. You shou...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Newell Post Finishing
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Newell Post Finishing

Cause: as to the possible cause, White marks under a finish typically mean water is trapped under the finish
Solution: Just as Sonny says
by Bob Boardman
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

You can polishing compound at any hardware or auto supply store
by Bob Boardman
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

Santiago
This will be just fine. It's a combo of products (cleaner, wax and glaze) that should do the trick. !*#@ a rule I prefer separate products, but this should be fine. Follow directions - If they say "let dry to a haze" be patient and let it dry to a haze. Good Luck
by Bob Boardman
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refreshing/restoring barrister bookcase
Replies: 3
Views: 153

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: 153

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: 289

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: 651

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
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

If the swirl mark remover is leaving light scratches you can try using it again, only this time use a damp (not wet) soft cloth. Start rubbing the entire surface with mild pressure. After you've gone over entire surface, go over the surface again, only this time use just a little pressure. Use a cle...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 4
Views: 1587

Re: Spam

Like it
by Bob Boardman
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Swirl Marks in high gloss furniture - repost

Q: "Was there a specific swirl remover that is advised?" A: No - there's no one brand. Any swirl mark remover could be used. Q:"If not, what would be the next step? This gloss is hyper sensitive, it seems even microfiber clothes are a problem." A: This comment is cause for concer...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Forum Features
Topic: Spam
Replies: 4
Views: 1587

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: 243

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: 235

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: 6133

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: 387

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: 387

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: 316

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: 575

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: 575

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: 16
Views: 1638

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
by Bob Boardman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Damaged Night Stand
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Damaged Night Stand

Imabuki First, this is the right site. Second, it's a bit difficult to see the complete problem due to the light reflection, so if you could take a shot looking straight down at the surface, that would help. That being said, here are some suggestions/thoughts: 1) While I can't be positive, I believe...

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