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Scandinavian oil over shellac on furniture restoration project equals disaster.

Scandinavian oil over shellac on furniture restoration project equals disaster.

Old 06-15-14, 12:29 AM
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Scandinavian oil over shellac on furniture restoration project equals disaster.

Hi there,

I picked up a lovely mid-century chair with the intentions of doing it up myself. It is a solid wood chair however not too sure of what type of wood. However the restoration of the chair was going swimmingly at first.

I sanded the chair back, applied a diluted coat of shellac (2/3 of methylated spirit and 1/3 quarter of shellac) to the chair for it to take the stain evenly, applied two layers of water based walnut stain which came out lovely and even (although rather dull/not showing the wood grain as much as I liked) and then proceeded to apply a coat of Scandinavian oil after the previous coats were allowed to dry for 2 weeks - this on recommendation of my local Bunnings.

Now the Scandinavian oil has totally ruined the chair. It is patchy (How is this possible? I thought that the Shellac base was supposed to prevent these kind of mistakes?) and has turned out glossy?! Again it says on the tin it is only supposed to do this after repeated coats?! I applied one and exactly how the manufacturer states; with a lint free cloth making sure all coats are covering and equally applied. I was after a matte finish where the wood grain popped, as I've been told this type of oil would do.

The chair that I so lovingly did up over the past weeks, I've managed to destroy with one layer of Scandinavian oil. Where did I go wrong and how do I fix it without sanding it back to the point that I'll mess with the previous layers which have turned out pretty well. Any help is much appreciated!

Old 06-15-14, 05:41 AM
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Welcome to the forums Anoek!

While I've painted all my life, I seldom use any rubbing oils so I'm not overly knowledgeable about them
I'm not sure if waterbased stains are compatible with an oil finish but you should be able to remove any excess oil by scrubbing the piece with a rag wet [not dripping] with mineral spirits [paint thinner]

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