I'm trying to restore the finish on my old bed for my son. It is a
solid maple bed
with 1947 printed on the back from the factory.
I've tried both denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner, and they both
the finish. Could it be tinted wax? I can see a couple runs in one
you get that from wax? Could a wax finish have held up that well for
The finish is in good condition except for a few scratches and some worn
on the corners.
It's just a dull stained wood that is left.
I looked at the can of lacquer thinner. It is from Klean-Strip.
It says it contains Methanol. Will that dissolve Shellac?
I just went to their web site, and found this page:
They say this, "lacquer thinner is so strong that it quickly dissolves
both shellac and lacquer finishes."
Everything else I've read says lacquer thinner won't touch
If alcohol really disolves it, then it is shellac. In an inconspicious
spot try cleaning it well with a little vinegar in warm water, then
rough it up with some 220 and try laying down some new Shellac.
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