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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OLD FURNITURE

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OLD FURNITURE

Finishes deteriorate as they age. First they dull, then they begin to craze and crack. Over a very long time, finishes deteriorate because of contact with oxygen, called “oxidation.” But bright UV light (especially sunlight and fluorescent light) accelerates the deterioration so much that you can reasonably think of the deterioration as caused by light alone. At some point in the life of better quality furniture (if it is to survive), the finish will likely have to be removed and replaced to renew the protection for the wood. Without a finish in good shape, furniture exposed to moisture or extreme...

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