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by Bob Boardman
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Restoring after cleaning and sun damage
Replies: 6
Views: 38

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: 6
Views: 38

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: 37

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: 738

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: 738

Re: Kitchen Cabinets

Erv -It's difficult to answer without knowing the existing finish and color. Send pics to help us out
by Bob Boardman
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing 1970s (I think) record player and veneer bleeding after applying Citristrip
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Re: Refinishing 1970s (I think) record player and veneer bleeding after applying Citristrip

Start with laundry bleach. Depending on results you can then choose your course of action. Laundry bleach easier to use, but not as strong
by Bob Boardman
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Refinishing 1970s (I think) record player and veneer bleeding after applying Citristrip
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Re: Refinishing 1970s (I think) record player and veneer bleeding after applying Citristrip

I can't be sure, but from your explanation it sounds like a dye stain was used. Dye stains don't sit on the surface like pigments do. Some thoughts: - On a small inconspicuous spot, test putting some laundry bleach on a small spot and let it sit overnight to see if the color is gone or reduced. It s...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Hardwood Floors
Replies: 3
Views: 827

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
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Union Machinist Tool Chest Restoration
Replies: 3
Views: 962

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: 1504

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: 1005

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: 1504

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: 1235

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: 3627

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: 4507

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: 4507

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: 4507

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: 4507

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: 4507

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: 3841

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: 3841

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: 9332

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: 4105

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: 4105

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: 3948

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 ...

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