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Restoring antique furniture sympathetically

If you have unpainted antique furniture, please don't sand it to restore it if you do you remove all the years of gentil removal of the soft timber that has gone& the result is you sand all the hard material that is now raised this is called patina, the result is a piece that now effectively looks like new may as well have a reproduction piece. To do a sympathetic restore buy some steel wool which you can buy in different grades fron 000-3 or 4 being the most course, use metho & thinners 1/2 & 1/2 to remove the old shellac or varnished effect, drying it off wth rags as you go, finally wipe over wth just metho to get it all real clean then once totally dry maybe the next day either wax or French polish to Finnish off.
my personal opinion is there are some real nice waxes out there that not only look good but smell wonderful.
just a footnote make sure you use the steel wool in the direction of the grain, if you go against the grain you will scratch the timber & it takes a lot of work to bring it back. Good luck with your next restoration.??

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