I've got a serving tray with a resin finish (covering decopage) that's
showing some wear in places. I'd really like to preserve it as it was
built by my father in law who's since passed away.
Any ideas on the best approach? Stripping the existing finish, even if
possible, would ruin the decopage, so cleaning and 'additional coats'
(or doing nothing) would appear to be my only options. Waxes, oils,
fresh resin, ... any ideas?
By "wear" do you mean areas that are less shiny? If so, they can be
polished up with various compounds to any where from a matte to high gloss.
"Compounds" includes pumice (various grits available), rouge (auto rubbing
compound), various for polishing plastic.
You could also rub the entire surface down with #0000 steel wool then apply
paste wax. That won't give you a high gloss but it will give a nice sheen.
Unless you are used to using resin, don't try to apply more.
Are you sure it is a resin finish for the topcoat? Decoupage is
usually covered with lacquer, so that it doesn't discolor. There may
be a resin over the initial lacquer decoupage coating, also. For
there to be wear on a resin coating, someone must have done a lot of
serving with that tray.
Test that top coating to make sure it isn't lacquer.
The short answer is no, although I'm pretty sure he used resin in
there somewhere. On closer inspection it may only be the "inside base"
that's had resin poured onto it and it is in fine condition. It's more
the upper corners and outside edges that are showing wear and perhaps
it has a different coating.
I'm going to give it a careful but thorough cleaning first - what's a
good test for lacquer? I thought that it doesn't remelt with solvent
and thanks dadiOH - paste wax is a good suggestion. It's pretty safe and will
help preserve the timber that's becoming exposed.
- what's a good test for lacquer?
Acetone or lacquer thinner. If you don't have any cans (in the shop),
borrow your wife's/girlfriend's finger nail polish remover (acetone)
and dab half a drop on and see if it melts.
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