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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 3:05 pm

I have always enjoyed furniture restoration both actively and as a spectator and am writing this post whilst waiting for the varnish stripper to do it's magic.
I would love to see any of your projects, before and after pics or battered old 20th Century pieces that you think might benefit from a little TLC, we could also share tips and vids to inspire those who are yet to build up the courage to start that daunting resto' job.

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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 3:16 pm

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Here's one I did earlier using a single 1950's curtain that was no good for it's original purpose but ideal for re-upholstering

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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 3:34 pm



this is my current project, I have removed the worn out old webbing, sanded it down and coated with varnish stripper, I used a cheap B&Q stripper which takes 2 coats and an hours drying time per coat so I might be going back to Nitromors in future

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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 3:36 pm

and yes the workmate is also mid century Big Laughter

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Post by denbydump on September 5th 2017, 3:50 pm

I do a lot of it Dan, mainly teak, danish/ercol/gplan/ etc.
What do you need to know?
Looks good so far!
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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 4:58 pm

glad to hear it DD because the stripper has proven to be a real nightmare!
I manages to scrape most of it off with metal scrapers  but the rest was like toffee so I tried water and a scrubbing brush which left an uneven colour and still lots of toffee
I then had a go with wire wool but only had medium grade that has scratched the wood and still left toffee.
I was so pissed off I took the jet washer to it but the toffee still remains

Waaah

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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 5:19 pm

I just read on t'internet about someone who did the same to a lovely walnut banister Big Shock

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 5th 2017, 6:25 pm

Dan I have a broken pallet knife blade that I have shave sharpened the flat end on both sided and use as a scraper. Its only 20mm across but does the job without much affect of the piece. Rubber gloves wire wool and white spirits is the normal way. My friend just started keeping bees and gave me a half pound of beeswax.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 5th 2017, 6:28 pm

Impressed with the chair. Get those arms smooth. .. best bit
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Post by denbydump on September 5th 2017, 9:19 pm

I tend not to use varnish removers, such nasty carcinogenic stuff, unless the
varnish (like modern polyeurethane) is really like concrete.

I just use a stanley knife blade, though it can be time consuming.
Careful with wire wool, it can dig out the grain especially on ercol.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 5th 2017, 9:25 pm

Don't use glasspaper (sandpaper was last made in something lie 1650) - it leaves tiny bits of glass in the surface and is too much. I often do x2 coats of NITRO MORS.
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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 9:30 pm

the stain has been removed in places so I guess I will need to stain it before re varnishing or polishing?

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Post by denbydump on September 5th 2017, 9:31 pm

Just the cheap Wilko stuff for me,
A heat gun will soften it, though don't use on veneers (Gplan)
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Post by denbydump on September 5th 2017, 9:34 pm

dantheman wrote:the stain has been removed in places so I guess I will need to stain it before re varnishing or polishing?

If it's teak no. Just sand it all and then light teak oil (wilko)
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 5th 2017, 9:42 pm

Ahh, No I prefer the natural colour of the timber. Often the stain you see is just discoloured varnish, often black on Victorian. There are a many finishes;

Beeswax only
Shellac then beeswax (french polish)
oil as dd say on teak
you can also mix beeswax with oil

If you stain then remember it may wear off again, leaving white patches, ie over time it will look worse - where all of the above will look better over time. Patina.

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Post by dantheman on September 5th 2017, 10:14 pm

I have a store of vintage fabric

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 11th 2017, 11:00 pm

Hows it going.....any change?
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Post by dantheman on September 12th 2017, 12:16 am

I spoke to an expert last weekend who advised me how to remove all the varnish and stain then I will re-varnish but first I need to buy some fine sandpaper

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 12th 2017, 8:56 pm

Don't go mad, you can strip away all it's character and age, do you want it looking brand new?
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Post by dantheman on September 12th 2017, 10:10 pm

trouble is it all went tits up in the stripping so now I have to get back to bare wood

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