Hello. I have a leather top coffee table that needs to be
refinished. Is it possible to do it with out messing up the
leather? It seems to me the stripper, no matter how mild, would
still be able to seep underneath any sort of tape I would use to
protect the leather. Any thoughts?? Thanks much.
Is this a modern table or an aunty-Q? If the latter, standard
disclaimers about refinishing sometimes killing the value apply.
If the table has any money or heirloom value, I would bite the bullet
and take it to a furniture repair shop. Unless the leather is a
glued-down inlay, they can probably take it apart to refinish it. If it
is glued down, they may know the correct technique for masking it
non-destructively. Quite often old pieces don't really need a bare-wood
refinishing, they just need the gunk cleaned off and the top coat
redone. If the leather can't be removed or masked tightly, you are
looking at mechanical finish removal, rather than chemical.
Nothing to do with leather, but my fraternity had a piano I wanted to
clean up. I repaired the keys and one string and went to clean the
dampers of their dust and dirt.
All the dampers were grey/brown. There were many "layers" of dust and
underneath all that was a shiny piece of wood, with grain showing that
all were cut from the same piece of wood. Looked beautiful.
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