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#1 posted 11-12-2018 06:34 PM

I think you ll have a problem outside of varnish/shellac. If that table has ever been waxed with some of the aerosol stuff used by many homeowners you might find a problem called “fisheye”. I suggest you give it a thorough cleaning first (TSP works well) then coat it with the shellac. If the cleaning misses any, the shellac will seal it in. If you are 100% posilutely sure it s never been contaminated with silicone, then your good to go (following the above).

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I’m not sure what he’s used, so my plan was to use paint stripper, then sand it down. It’s not a veneer, so I don’t anticipate any issues. Do you think I should use TSP in these steps? I generally only use it when I’m repainting as it saponifies the grease, but I not exactly sure how that would work with silicone based wax.

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