I have an old wooden chess set (circa 1940s). I think its made out of pine
Its unpainted and the white wooden chess pieces are a bit black from use-
I thought of cleaning it up a little. What should I use? Warm soap and
I also though of rubbing beeswax onto the box to give it a bit of shine and
to preserve it. Is that a good idea?
Suggest you try a bit of alcohol before the soap and water. Paper
towel, a bit of rubbing alcohol from the local pharmacy (chemist, if
you like), and rub the dirty parts. I can't reccomend beeswax, per se,
as carnuba is a lot harder and better protection. Any quality floor
wax will gloss it up and protect.
On Tue, 30 May 2006 10:49:12 +1000, "Wylie Wilde"
Think about taking it to an antique dealer to see if it's worth
anything before you mess with it.
I watched a segment of Antiques Roadshow where a woman had a large
cabinet the she had refinished. Original finish (cracked varnish)
300,000 $. Refinished value - only 30,000 $.
I'd suggest alcohol for cleaning also, but TEST FIRST ON A HIDDEN
AREA!!! If your chess pieces are finished with shellac, the alcohol
will soften the shellac and could potentially remove the finish.
I'll second the recommendation for carnauba wax - I just finished a
toy/puzzle with orange oil/carnauba wax blend and it buffed out very
Andy's absolutely right! Test on the bottom of a piece first! While
shellac seems unlikely as a finish for something meant to be handled a
lot, you never know. Shoulda thought of that when I initially replied.
An alternative to carnauba is one of the micro-crystalline waxes (I
use Renaissance). They are easy to apply and buff and seem impervious
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