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by Bob Boardman
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

It does have ability to raise grain but light sanding with a 400 grit takes care of this
by Bob Boardman
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

Sounds like it’s shellac. Ammonia also removes shellac - not sudsy ammonia regular ammonia. Use in well ventilated area. It’s quicker than alcohol because of slower evap rate. Use with a spray bottle.
A toothbrush will work.
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: 40's desk--found insect damage, now what?
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: 40's desk--found insect damage, now what?

A picture would be big help. A lot depends on whether these holes are recent or from decades ago. If you could roughly describe how wide the holes are that would be a big help. A quick solution would be to get an eye dropper or syringe, and put a couple (couple meaning 2) drops of bleach in it. Care...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: problem with spot in table
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: problem with spot in table

I think you have 2 problems. The first is water damage, and the 2nd - depending on the type of finish, could be loss of finish. I'd try the following in this sequence: 1) Heat the finish with a blow dryer. Use a medium setting and don't stay in one place too long. The heat can cause moisture to evap...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Painting Cabinets—Using BIN
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Painting Cabinets—Using BIN

Zinnsser 123 is a water based primer. Valspar is a paint. Zinnsser BIN is an alcohol based shellac primer.

Since BIN is alcohol based, which is thinner or 'runnier', it may have filled in gaps, brush strokes, etc from the 2 previous coats.
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing a teak veneer coffee table - complete beginner!
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Refinishing a teak veneer coffee table - complete beginner!

Pictures would be a big help, but some quick thoughts: 1) Common mistake by beginners is sanding thru the veneer. When this happens you expose the underlayment which is usually a much lower grade wood. 2 questions: Why do you need to sand the surface? Why did you select 220 grit? If going to sand a ...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

You got it!! Right on all counts. A couple tips on color matching. 1) Always go lighter in color, and slowly add darker colors. I've worked on pieces where I've had 6 different applications of color before I got to the right one. Start light, had a touch more of a darker color or different shade of ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Cleaning and refinishing a table
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Cleaning and refinishing a table

Based upon photos and your comments here are my thoughts and suggestions. 1) While it's possible that it's a wax finish, I don't think it is, so the 1st step is to determine finish. Use a Q-tip or small piece of rag and rub it against a small spot to determine finish - you may have to rub for 20 - 3...
by Bob Boardman
Wed May 27, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Fixing scratches on a wooden headboard.

Sonny- good job as my wingman. Tradesun -I think Sonny diagnosed the problem correctly. Here's how I'd proceed: 1) try to get some lacquer thinner, If you can't get this then try to get acetone, or solvent based nail polish remover 2) Using a small cotton swab of very, very small piece of cloth, dip...
by Bob Boardman
Mon May 25, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring an Hoosier cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Restoring an Hoosier cabinet

Wanderer - Here are some things to try: 1) Get a STIFF plastic brush, or even better, a brass bristle brush. You want a brush that has bristles about 1 inch long. You can find both at hardware or big box stores. They cost less than $2. Below is a link for one. These brushes can get into wood pore an...
by Bob Boardman
Tue May 12, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing ENTIRELY by hand
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Refinishing ENTIRELY by hand

I can't be sure but think the wood is oak At 1:45 he's mixing either a powdered dye or finely crushed shellac flakes. - Dye is different than stain - stain is pigment or pigment & stain. Dye has no pigment and when dry is translucent. In response to your question dyes can mixed into water, an oi...
by Bob Boardman
Tue May 12, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring, finishing & waterproofing a recycled timber veneer vanity cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Resotring, finishing & waterproofing a recycled timber veneer vanity cabinet

Usually the work you're discussing is left to a pro who has the skill and experience. That being said here are some answers: 1) For loose veneer. Veneer is usually affixed by using hide glue. The beauty of this from your perspective is that hide glue is repairable. To reattach veneer you first need ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining.
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Staining.

Derek - It's really difficult for us to tell you the exact stain, type of shellac or dye to use to get a color match using photos. We can steer you in the right direction, but in the end the answer is based on the tests/samples you experiment with/try. The following are guesses that you'll have to t...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining.
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Staining.

I can now see the difference. It looks like finish has been removed - either by age, wear or stripping. So I'd do the following before doing anything else: 1) Wipe down with paint thinner. This will show spots where finish is. Based on the color, I'm guessing color may be bleached out from sun, but ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Staining.
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Staining.

Derek - The piece you finished looks great. Good job. It looks likes the new piece is pine, and my guess is that it's professionally finished. I say this because it will take a bit more work to strip down to bare wood. From the picture it's difficult to see the difference between the bottom and the ...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Drawer pulls
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Drawer pulls

I don't see any pics.
by Bob Boardman
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Drawer pulls
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Drawer pulls

Cowboy USNS: 1) Pictures would help. 2) Can you see if any glue is holding pulls to drawer, and 3) are the screws slotted or Phillips?
by Bob Boardman
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Desktop Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Desktop Repair

I don't see any photos, but here's some thoughts and answers to questions. 1) Yes it does mean nitrocelluous lacquer. This was a common finish thru the 80-90's that was celluous (a type of plastic) dissolved in lacquer thinner (acetone and a number of other solvents). Since then due to toxicity conc...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

The biggest potential problem with a paint remover is that if left on too long it can get thru the veneer and soften the glue holding the veneer. This shouldn'be a problem if you apply the stripper and then remove it after 15 - 20 minutes, since you've already removed a lot of finish. Remember you d...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: I need a toning wizard!
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: I need a toning wizard!

I'm taking a shot at this but not sure I completely understand the situation. If I get it right, you: - used white oak for sample, but bar is red oak, and what looked good on white oak looks bad on red oak - everything was good up to step 6. Not clear about what you mean when saying In both methods ...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

No. The inlays are usually (but not always) a different wood or crosscut grain. But regardless they'll still show up as inlay after finish removed and stain applied
by Bob Boardman
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage

Thoughts and comments: 1) Don't think this is mahogany, and based on your comments is probably a veneer top 2) It's always easier to darken wood than lighten it. The spot in the center showa what the original stain and finish looked like 3) In each of the corners there appears to be a fairly large d...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: help needing refinishing a 1950's baby shift robe cabinet
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: help needing refinishing a 1950's baby shift robe cabinet

Max Your pics didn't come through, so some things/questions: - The proper name is 'chifforobe' - Are the water stains white or dark in color. If white/light there's an easy fix - Does the piece need to be refinished. Stated another way, if you can remove the water stains without stripping is the res...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Kitchen Cabinets
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Kitchen Cabinets

While I can't tell for sure the finish is probably an industrial lacquer finish. From the pics it appears that the piece has been in the sun, which has lightened/bleached out some of the original color, and lost some finish from years of use/abuse. In response to your original question: "How ca...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Kitchen Cabinets
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Kitchen Cabinets

Erv -It's difficult to answer without knowing the existing finish and color. Send pics to help us out

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