Professional polishing for 1930's lacquered cocktail table-


beatiful 1930's hi lacquered cocktail table-rosewood-how do i polish it?
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I am assuming that you have a table with the finish still intact. Start by cleaning and then apply a paste wax meant for furniture. Clean the piece by first using soap water. Add a capful of dishwashing liquid like Dawn to a gallon of water. Dampen a clean cloth with it. The idea is to dampen the cloth, not make it into something that is dripping. Go over the table and immediately wipe it down with a clean dry cloth. Clean with clear water and wipe it off immediately. Finally, clean it with mineral spirits and wipe the piece down with lots of clean cloths. The idea is to remove the dirt and wax, not just spread it around. To wax the piece, put a lump of furniture paste wax in the center of a clean cloth. Twist the cloth around the lump such that you have a small ball containing the wax with no wrinkles on the bottom of the ball. Rub the ball on the table. The wax will begin to liquefy and just enough will pass through the cloth to leave a thin film on the table. Once the film has dried, you will see it get hazy, buff it really well. You may wish to apply a second coat of wax to make it really shine.
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