By Philippa Barstow
In achieving definitely the right end on your entire furnishings and woodwork, either new and vintage. here's specialist suggestion on coaching, strategy and difficulties. every thing is roofed stripping and cleansing, bleaching and stains, shellacking and waxing, and selecting the proper polish.
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There are custom-made two pack bleaches available but it is quite easy to make your own. 880 ammonia and 5 parts 50 BLEACHING, LIMING AND DISTRESSING How to use bleaches Fig 45 When removing an ink stain with bleach (the best being oxalic acid) wear rubber gloves and use a piece of towelling to apply it. Apply the bleach to the area of the stain very liberally and allow it to dry naturally — the mark will fade as the bleach dries. If the mark has not been removed by one application keep applying it until it is no longer obvious.
60 STAINS AND Fig 58 Apply grain filler by rubbing in circles, pushing it into the grain GRAIN Fig 59 FILLERS Remove excess grain filler by first rubbing across the grain and then in the same direction as it PART FRENCH TWO POLISHING 10 BRUSHES THEIR AND USES There are several types of brush that can be used when restoring furniture, namely: Old paint brushes These can be used for applying stripper. Have a range of sizes to suit all jobs. Glue brush This is essential for use with animal glue. Selection of brushes for stain Of use but not essential.
Cleaning materials and techniques If you do not need to remove the upholstery but want to clean or strip the item of furniture, cover up the upholstery using newspaper or polythene held in place with masking tape. There are a number of cleaners that you can make very easily and we will list the mildest first A and the severest last G. Always start with the mildest if you are unsure of the effect the cleaner will have, STRIPPING as it can do no harm and will probably improve the appearance of the piece of furniture.