Preserving old painted wood

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Old 10-11-09, 03:49 PM
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Preserving old painted wood

I have a Milk crate from the 40's that is painted with the original "Carlson Frink" milk label. I want to clean it up, and prevent the paint from chipping/fading more than it already has. How do I go about doing this? The logo side and lid is some sort of HDF/MDF board, and the sides and bottom are wood (not plywood, real wood, although, I'm not sure what kind of wood).
If I am successful, I want to use it in my wedding, so, I've got to make it look good

Here is a picture of the crate:
 
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Old 10-11-09, 06:30 PM
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Mineral spirits will remove dirt, grime, and grease. It does not leave a residue. I would try in the usual inconspicuous place, first. To protect what remains, I would try water-clear lacquer.
 
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