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by Bob Boardman
Wed Jan 31, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: What to do next?
Replies: 1
Views: 3700

Re: What to do next?

You could try a darker shade of RAF - that would be easiest. If results aren't satisfactory, you probably have a lacquer finish (possibly what is often called a "varnish" finish). I'd test to see if this is a lacquer finish. (there are numerous posts on this site telling you how). - If it'...
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 21, 2024 2:07 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Protecting a stencil
Replies: 2
Views: 2191

Re: Protecting a stencil

First, is the ring white or dark? A white ring means the stain is in the finish. If a dark ring then stain is in the wood. If white ring: 1) try a hair dryer set on low. Move it 6 - 8 inches above over spot for 2 -3 minutes. 2) if that doesn't work rub some cooking oil or mayonaisse on ring and wait...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Oct 21, 2023 7:25 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Unknown stains & how to complete restoration project
Replies: 3
Views: 2853

Re: Unknown stains & how to complete restoration project

I believe that these are dye stains. When dye is applied it often seeps into the wood. You'll probably have to bleach out the stains. Oxalic Acid is the bleach to use, but it is powerful. Please read about Oxalic acid and how to use it, safety precautions, etc. Ordinary laundry bleach won't thorough...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Oct 14, 2023 7:31 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Failed poly finish
Replies: 1
Views: 2003

Re: Failed poly finish

removing the watermarks should be easy. Search this site for how to do that. The amber residue isn't from the poly, since you used an oil base poly - water won't remove an oil. My guess is that whatever was in the glass that caused watermarks is what caused amber residiue
by Bob Boardman
Fri Sep 15, 2023 2:27 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: varnish over shellac OK?
Replies: 18
Views: 62927

Re: varnish over shellac OK?

Varnish mfgr wants you to use more of their product
by Bob Boardman
Fri Sep 15, 2023 2:10 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: varnish over shellac OK?
Replies: 18
Views: 62927

Re: varnish over shellac OK?

There's a couple issues here: 1) Use a product called SealCoat. It's a higher cut shellac and is a great sealer/primer for any coating. It sticks to everything and everything sticks to it. You can use with an oil or water base topcoat. If you're concerned about wax, wipe surface with rag dipped in p...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Aug 28, 2023 8:29 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Kitchen Cabinet Refinish Stain Matching Help
Replies: 3
Views: 2753

Re: Kitchen Cabinet Refinish Stain Matching Help

There’s a number of issues here. First over time colors tend to fade due to sunlight, use and cleaning. So even if you found the original stain and shade it probably wouldn’t match. Next it’s impossible to determine the precise color from a picture posted on the internet. Here are some tips that may...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Aug 25, 2023 6:59 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: How to apply top coat around shelf support peg holes?
Replies: 2
Views: 2389

Re: How to apply top coat around shelf support peg holes?

I haven't done this for this issue but have used it for others. Get a jar of vaseline, and a small artist's paint brush. Then either: 1) use the artists brush to place a small (emphasize small) amount of vaseline into each hole, or 2) use the artists brush to place a small (emphasize small) amount o...
by Bob Boardman
Mon Aug 21, 2023 7:05 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: paint stripper brand recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 2938

Re: paint stripper brand recommendation

Jazzy
Thanks for the post. It's helpful.

I haven't had good luck with Citri Strip
3m and Klean Strip are OK but expensive and require multiple applications.

Don't know enough about others to comment, but thanks for the input
by Bob Boardman
Mon Aug 21, 2023 7:01 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: paint stripper brand recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 2938

Re: paint stripper brand recommendation

Bob I wish I could tell you/recommend a brand that was great. Like you I still try to find the Methyl Chloride stuff, but have yet to find something that I can recommend
by Bob Boardman
Thu Mar 23, 2023 10:34 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Rosewood help.
Replies: 2
Views: 3085

Re: Rosewood help.

Few quick thoughts. Not an expert on Rosewood, but: A) You'll have to use stripper to remove finish/stain from areas that haven't faded. Test on a small spot first. You don't want to cause veneer glue to loosen. Since its veneer, be very careful when doing any sanding. B) Once all stripper removed, ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Mar 09, 2023 10:30 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Removing Polyurethane
Replies: 1
Views: 2567

Re: Removing Polyurethane

There's nothing that "easily" removes poly. The best bet is to get a chemical stripper. Follow directions on can. It will probably take 2 - 3 applications, but it should help remove the poly.
by Bob Boardman
Thu Mar 09, 2023 10:28 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair
Replies: 2
Views: 3259

Re: Routing a channel to apply pressed cane to chair

There is no "standard" that you can use. Try measuring diameter of holes, and start there. Also check diameter of the spline you'll be using
by Bob Boardman
Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Dining table split repair
Replies: 1
Views: 13300

Re: Dining table split repair

First I'd make sure the table has sufficent support (or stabilizing, as you say) to prevent future splitting. Next, If you want, there are fillers for splits like this that come in a variety of shades and/or can have pigments or stain added to match surrounding area. To test these products and color...
by Bob Boardman
Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Help with table repair
Replies: 1
Views: 7306

Re: Help with table repair

Rough to see with pic, but I'd definitiely go to a local pro
by Bob Boardman
Sat Oct 08, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 1
Views: 13180

Re: Finishing

Post your question in the forum please
by Bob Boardman
Fri Sep 02, 2022 10:32 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: paint stripping
Replies: 1
Views: 7434

Re: paint stripping

I miss the days of methyl Chloride, but have been using a water base Zip Strip. Does the job, but not as effectively
by Bob Boardman
Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Is this shellac? Can this be restored by an amateur?
Replies: 2
Views: 14620

Re: Is this shellac? Can this be restored by an amateur?

The easiest thing to do is to take a damp paper towel and rub it over the damaged spot. - If after doing this: - the damaged area matches the rest of the surrounding area, then all you have to do is apply a clear finish. - the damaged area doesn't match the surrounding area, then you're going to hav...
by Bob Boardman
Wed May 25, 2022 10:39 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Varnish brand recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 10432

Re: Varnish brand recommendations

The closest you can get to the varnish you reference is the Target coatings product in the link below. This product dries clear, so you may want to add a few drops of an amber dye. To get more info, talk to Jeff. He can help if you have any questions. Also tell him I said Hello https://www.targetcoa...
by Bob Boardman
Wed Apr 13, 2022 4:40 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Paint Matching Help Please
Replies: 2
Views: 10394

Re: Paint Matching Help Please

1) any good paint store, Lowe's or Home Depot can match a color if you give them a sample 2) A) you can get a good job with brush or gun. B) if using brush, sand all surfaces with a 220 grit paper, vacuum up dust. Then wipe all surfaces with rag dipped in paint thinner - wipe dry. Make solution of a...
by Bob Boardman
Fri Mar 18, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question
Replies: 5
Views: 14143

Re: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question

I'd apply a coat of a product called SealCoat. It's diluted clear shellac. Apply, don't go over spots you've already covered, let dry for 45minutes. When dry, either go to paint store/dept and look at different waterbase stain colors. You might be able to get little samples. Get a color that is slig...
by Bob Boardman
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:15 pm
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Water Damage on teak sideboard
Replies: 1
Views: 9122

Re: Water Damage on teak sideboard

I'd proceed as follows, in this sequence: 1) Using a 320 or 400 grit sandpaper wrapped around a flat surface or sanding black, LIGHT sand around the damaged area. Wipe with barely damp rag to remove dust. Your goal is to get rid of the dark perimeter. You should have just the undamaged area and the ...
by Bob Boardman
Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:08 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question
Replies: 5
Views: 14143

Re: Antique Table Top stain and varnish question

I'm confused. Do you want to paint the surface or stain it?
by Bob Boardman
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Q&A Forum
Topic: varnish over shellac OK?
Replies: 18
Views: 62927

Re: varnish over shellac OK?

The problem is that shellac is the least durable of the coatings you mention. So in effect your base is going to be the least durable. I'd start with a diluted coat of your 'varnish' (it's probably poly). Start with 50 -50 blend (varnish/solvent -with whatever the solvent is water or paint thinner),...