My parents had a bedroom set back in the 50's that was fininshed
in what was called "Limed Oak". It looked like the pores were filled
with white pigment and then a light white wash coat was applied, then
a clear top coat of some clear sealant - probably laquer. It was ugly
even back then.
One can only pray that there was a coat of finish on that thing before
the paint went on. Otherwise, it's in the pores and will never come
out. Ex? I'd have been a widower.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
-- Lin Yutang
a chest of drawers for my brother and I to have in our bedroom. After we
both left home, he took the chest and later his wife bought an "antiquing
kit" and painted it green with a glaze over it. I guess it was nice in 1970,
but sure looked like crap some years later. Somehow, I ended up with it and
hid it in a spare room. Fast forward 55 years A few years ago my wife
convinced my to strip it and refinish it. and now I have a lovely maple
chest in my office. Original brass hardware and the maker's name (Thos.
Beals Portland Maine) is inside of one of the drawers. I love it!
On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 19:46:07 -0700 (PDT), Father Haskell
One Atta Boy coming atcha, Hasky.
When I did my kitchen cabinet doors (1939 farmhouse in CA) back in the
80s, I used the same HF hot air gun I have now and a 2" putty knife.
Yeah, I did it in the shop with the door open, and I'm sure there was
plenty of lead in that old paint. (Please don't tell the EPA that I'm
still alive.) They took just minor sanding after that. Once you get
the proper heat, the layers all stick together and come up at once at
about 3' per minute. I'll never waste that much time again on a door
project. It's quicker and not very much more expensive to build new
ones. I faced them with luaun ply and Varathane, then deglossed and
waxed with Johnson's Wax and 0000 steel wool.
The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas
in the minds of energetic men of good will.
-- J. Arthur Thomson
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