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07-27-07, 10:44 AM
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Posted By Handy M'am

I have found that using steel wool works really...

I have found that using steel wool works really well when trying to remove stripper/paint/etc. from round spindles, curved areas and hard to reach places. For narrow grooves, I take a metal puttty...
02-03-07, 02:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 990
Posted By Handy M'am

Refinishing floors is a big job. They will need...

Refinishing floors is a big job. They will need to be sanded and possibly stained and then have several coats of poly applied. You can rent the big floor sanders and the edging sanders but it is...
02-03-07, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,034
Posted By Handy M'am

I would try buffing the damaged area to remove...

I would try buffing the damaged area to remove the matte finish and then try a wipe on poly, Minwax makes a good one, to restore the sheen. Just be careful not to buff to much or you will remove the...
02-03-07, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,288
Posted By Handy M'am

To removed small paint marks, I have used 400...

To removed small paint marks, I have used 400 grit sandpaper and very gently buffed off the paint.
01-17-07, 01:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,277
Posted By Handy M'am

I agree with all the advice you have received...

I agree with all the advice you have received already. In terms of a finish, I have had very good results using Formby's tongue oil. It is rubbed on and easy to apply and comes in both a high gloss...
01-17-07, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,571
Posted By Handy M'am

The "white junk" you refer to is probably Gesso -...

The "white junk" you refer to is probably Gesso - it is indeed like plaster and years ago was widely used on wood surfaces which were to be painted to provide a really smooth surface. The only way...
01-17-07, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,058
Posted By Handy M'am

I agree with marksr, you will probably need to...

I agree with marksr, you will probably need to refinish the entire top to get a good result. I would lightly sand the entire surface and re-stain and finish with poly. I have had really good...
01-07-07, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,691
Posted By Handy M'am

Thanks for the help

Thank you all for your help. This is a very old Craftsman style piece and the graining patterns are incredible so it would have been a crime to cover up the grain but I did want a smooth finish. I...
01-04-07, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,395
Posted By Handy M'am

Since it is in an area where water may be...

Since it is in an area where water may be splashed, make certain that you seal the both the top and bottom ends of the panels with a good primer. Once it is installed, caulk the bottom and the top...
01-04-07, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,253
Posted By Handy M'am

For working with mahogony I just started using...

For working with mahogony I just started using CrystaLac. It is a water based grain filler that is applied after staining. It has proved extremely easy to apply, dries quickly to a hard clear...
01-04-07, 10:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By Handy M'am

This may come to late to be of any help to you...

This may come to late to be of any help to you but, for future reference, Formby's makes a tongue oil that comes in high and medium gloss. While it takes time several coats to build up the finish...
Replies: 4
Views: 2,449
Posted By Handy M'am

I have had good luck removing rust from antique...

I have had good luck removing rust from antique door knobs using Naval Gel - It can be purchased at most hardware stores and big box stores. Just follow the directions carefully.
01-03-07, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,691
Posted By Handy M'am

Unhappy Wood Grain Filler

I am refinishing an antique oak 5 shelf curio stand will need a grain filler to obtain a smooth satin finish. I used was grain filler by Benjamin Moore and it has been a disaster. The first time I...
11-08-05, 11:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By Handy M'am

I followed your suggestions and, with an enormous...

I followed your suggestions and, with an enormous amount of elbow grease and some patience, I was able to remove most of the discoloration. I then used an oxalic acid solution to further remove...
11-08-05, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By Handy M'am

I followed your suggestions and, with an enormous...

I followed your suggestions and, with an enormous amount of elbow grease and some patience, I was able to remove most of the discoloration. I then used an oxalic acid solution to further remove...
11-06-05, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By Handy M'am

Thanks for your help! The chest is a circa late...

Thanks for your help! The chest is a circa late 1800's solid mahogany piece but the top had been painted with a dark brown, high gloss enamel. The black "stuff" is speckled along the grain lines...
11-06-05, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,509
Posted By Handy M'am

Smile Thank you so much for your help. I think I...

Thank you so much for your help. I think I understand what you are saying.


Keep your fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it turns out.

thanks again.
11-05-05, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,811
Posted By Handy M'am

Anaglypta Problems II

Many thanks to both of you for your help! When using the clay based adhesive, is it supposed to be applied so that it fills in the embossed pattern from the back or is it supposed to be just on the...
11-05-05, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,509
Posted By Handy M'am

Convert Door Knobs into Towel Hooks

I have some antique black glass door knobs that I want to use as towel hooks in the bathroom. Can anyone tell me how to mount then on the back of a solid wood door? I have seen it done but have no...
11-04-05, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,811
Posted By Handy M'am

It was true anaglypta made in England. The...

It was true anaglypta made in England. The ceiling is plaster and had been sanded smooth, primed and painted then de-glossed, cleaned carefully, and prepped with wall prep. (The ceiling in the...
11-03-05, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,811
Posted By Handy M'am

Need Prowallguy - Desperately!!! (Anaglypta problems)

I hung anaglypta paper on the ceiling in the kitchen and the results were awful. How do you smooth out bubbles without flattening the relief? The paper stretched like crazy making it almost...
11-03-05, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By Handy M'am

HELP - Need A Pro's Advice on Mahogany

I am told that you need to use something to fill the grain on mahogany furniture. Is sanding sealer what I should use or is there something else.

Also, I stripped the mahogany chest and there are...
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