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Caring for Antique Furniture - Need Advice

by Tricorn
posted 07-28-2016 09:01 PM

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#1 posted 07-28-2016 09:17 PM

Use a good replenishing oil and leave it alone.
I often use Liquid Gold to clean and refresh. Others may have different opinions (read that expensive).

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 01:36 AM

Thanks for the advice. I assume that the oil will not penetrate the shellac but that there is no need for it to. Correct?

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#3 posted 08-03-2016 11:51 PM

After doing some research online and talking to knowledgeable individuals, it seems that most antiques are cleaned with mineral spirits or naphtha and then waxed. I read that naphtha can cause veneer to come loose; so, I used mineral spirits.

On a test spot, I applied the spirits with a cotton pad. No issues. I did the sides, and there were a few areas that turned foggy. The pads came back “dirty;” while I am certain that there is dirty and grime on the piece, I can’t be certain that this isn’t finish. I was able to buff it out somewhat.

Any idea what might be causing this? As I understand, mineral spirits is rather weak and should not be doing this. I am reluctant to proceed.

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 09:47 PM

I would not use Mineral Spirirs. Mineral spirits is a semi harsh solvent. Used for thinning/cleaning off oil based paints, stains, etc. it’s used just like Naptha or turpentine. I couldn’t tell you what is on your cabinet but if I were a betting man I would say some waxy build up, grease and grime, and some shellac/lacquer
Not being able to get my filthy hands on it I would do what Mr. White suggested.

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#5 posted 08-05-2016 11:44 PM

I would call/contact some high end antique dealers or/and, if you have an Arts Museum in your area. Get there advice b4 doing anything.

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#6 posted 08-06-2016 12:40 AM

That’s an amazing piece! Nightguy’s idea about contacting those folks sounds like pretty wise advice. That piece is far to special to make a mistake with the wrong process.

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