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Re: Paint removal

Posted by Fred on Wednesday, 19 May 2010, at 9:30 a.m., in response to Re: Paint removal, posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Tuesday, 18 May 2010, at 11:16 p.m.

I'm sure Kramers solutions are just fine. My mom had a big bottle of Kramer's aournd the house for years before I left it at a buddies house who lost it. "Furniture Refinisher" also has turpentine in it, but hasn't a lot of other helpful chemicals like Kramer's solution has. I allways depended on the linseed oil to rubbed into the stocks after I cleaned them, which was what they were originaly treated with. That's after I "steamed out" the dents in the wood with a hot iron aplied to the dents through a wet wash rag. The steam forced into the wood fibers raises the bottom of the dent up to the original surface of the stock instead of sanding the original surface of the stock down to the bottom of the dent. This will also raise the grain of the wood, and so, if not wanted, a rubbing of the area with a cotton cloth is needed before applying the linseed oil. For a really antique shine on some stocks that've been cleaned but now have lost any of their sheen from the cleaning, I'll use Artists Stand Oil, which is a really thick Linseed oil that comes in a bottle. I apply it to the cleaned wood and rub it in for a long time while waching TV or whatever. As it is rubbed into the stock, it heats up under my hand to the point of allmost creating blisters. The oil penetrates into the wood fibers and when dry, forms a hard surface that is resistant to light dents and water. The wood also gets that gloss that is seen on many old anyique stocks that've been cared for over the many years and not neglected or abused.


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