Antique Furniture — Better to Restore Than Refinish

Often it so happens that people tend to choose refinishing over restoration when their antique furniture begins to show signs of deterioration. Although sometimes it might turn out to be a better choice, not always does it help to salvage an antique furniture piece for a long time. In worst case scenarios, it may even turn out to be complete waste of time and money. Refinishing services are expensive due to the fact that the glossy finishes, sealers, oil touch-ups and grain fillers can be quite tough to apply.

Antique furniture restoration services not only help to rescue an old furniture piece from deterioration,but also bring back its former elegance and beauty. They also include the right amount of refinishing work that is required for giving prominence to the best features which might have been damaged with the use of aerosol cleaners containing silicon oils.

The first step towards restoring an antique furniture is to clean off the old paint from it. The process will also necessitate the use of a industrial and non-gritty hand cleaner, as using something that contains grit can scratch and damage the surface, further worsening the conditions. Some of the basic things that would be needed for the task are a steel wool of 0000 grade, some old rags and lint-free clothes for polishing and a duster. The other important items required are:

  • A semi-paste stripper
  • A large, dull and flat metal scraper
  • A wooden brush, small in size and with fine bristles
  • A toothbrush
  • Screws
  • Varnish

At first, a heavy coat of the semi-paste stripper is applied gently on the wooden surface using a rag. When the paint becomes raised, the stripper coating is pushed off gently without applying excessive pressure so as not to damage the wood. The softened paint is then removed with the help of the scraper and wooden brush. Any residue is cleaned using the industrial cleaner and toothbrush, and the furniture is then left to dry for one or two days. After that, the surface is scrubbed with the steel wool and dusted using a rag.

Before applying varnish, the surface is carefully dusted with a clean cloth. Once this has been done, a thin coat of the varnish is applied using one of the lintless rags and dusted again after the coat has dried. The process is repeated as many times as required until the desired result is achieved.

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