OK so here's what he did.
original finish was lacquer.
wiped with mineral spirits to remove wax.
wiped with lacquer thinner.
Here's the scary part he wiped with minwax stain let sit 1/2 hour and wiped
off the excess.
Says all I have to do is spray with gloss lacquer and wax.
Kicker I have to use spray cans of gloss.
Do I take him deer hunting and go oops?
Give it a good while to dry first. If the test area bubbles up, try
using a washcoat of shellac before the laquer, that'll do the trick.
Had that problem once before (stain too thick for the laquer to adhere
properly, that is) and the shellac did the trick- I diluted to a 1/2
pound cut, and it was enough- without really changing the appearance
I don't understand. Are you pissed because he ruined some priceless
antique? Why do you think lacquer won't stick to the surface? Are you
afraid of adhesion to pigmented stain or just Minwax products? Why do
you care about the delivery system for the finish? I repair with can
spray lacquer and spray out smaller projects with canned lacquer with
no problem, so I guess I really don't get it. Are you better with a
spray rig than with cans?
I am puzzled...
The Minwax I have seen is a "Finish" not a stain. The guy at HD told me
the Minwax product they had was a stain and I told him if it was, it would
be labelled as such. "Penetrates, Stains, Seals" is what they say. Very
sneaky is what I say.
Not enough info. Does it look like a screwed-up mess or a good starting
point for finishing? I have stumbled into some pretty nice results using
A few years ago we started stripping an antique dresser that had a really
dark, featureless finish. I took a pass with thinner to loosen things up
before stripping and ended up with a lot of color on our rags. We skipped
the stripper and worked with the thinner at restoring the original stain for
a couple of hours and the result was a wonderful quarter-sawn oak finish.
Skipped stripping and let it set for a few days before applying several
coats of wipe-on-poly. We would never think of telling admirers that it was
Yeah, I have seen those too and do have respect for that class of antique.
This dresser was not one of them. It was one of the classic oak dressers
with mirror and lots of carved trim that you see hundreds of in estate sales
and antique shops. They generally run $300 to $1,000 no matter the
condition or refinish.
Even Antique Road show has clarified their position on restoration.
Supposedly it applies mainly to really old items made in US, generally NE
USA or items brought over from other countries. This certainly wasn't one
of those. It appeared to be around 1900 - 1920 vintage. Still turned out
really nice -- again by accident.
Unfortunately, the one piece we have that might fit the old and unusual
class was already redone when we inherited it. It is a large, old
side-by-side (bookcase left/desk and mirrored top right) that remains a
one-of-a-kind based on our research. Family story is that my great
grandfather had it made in the late 1800's. The finish crazed over the
years and my folks stripped and refinished it during the 50's. Now it needs
another complete restoration because the desk drawers and pigeonholes are
falling apart. At least I can do that without worrying about my effect on
antique value. All I have to worry about is my effect on aesthetic value.
I recently repaired a washstand that belonged to my mother-in-law. It was
kind of nice to work on it and see how it has fared over the years. I can
see that they used all manner of scraps for internal bracing. Little was
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