Antique Trunk Restoration


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Old 01-10-07, 09:14 PM
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Antique Trunk Restoration

I am seeking advice on removal of fabric from a flat-top antique trunk. The fabric does not loosen with the application of water. Though I understand most trunk manufactures used canvas, the fabric applied to this trunk seems to be quite thin and does not have a smooth texture.

I've considered sanding the fabric off but would rather try something less painful. Neither water nor solvents have separated the fabric from the wood.
 
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Old 01-12-07, 12:27 PM
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Can't guarantee a thing, but I've had some success in the past using heated white vingar to cut old glue. The surface has to be open for the vinegar to penetrate, but it has worked more often than not.
 
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Old 01-12-07, 03:54 PM
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You might also try hot water. If the canvas is applied with hide glue, the heat will help the glue release when cold water might not.

The cloth may be adhered with shellac. Lots of possibilities with really old things.
 
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Old 01-12-07, 07:15 PM
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Thank you; I'll try both.
 
 

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