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Expert's Corner — peeling

Wax Polish for Added Shine

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Wax Polish for Added Shine

If you are applying paste wax as a polish on top of a finish, you will always get a little better result with two coats. Let the first coat dry for at least a couple of hours, or overnight, before applying the second. You would think that one coat should be sufficient, and it is if all you want is scratch resistance and a little added shine. But my experience is that two coats, well buffed off with a dry cloth, always looks a little better and more even. If you want to dull the surface simultaneously with the wax...

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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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