Cleaning a woodie

1 year 7 months ago #3417 by bruiser@wwt.net


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    What does everyone out there use when they clean the cases of the woodies?

    I have a nice original with some heavy soiling in some areas, so I am not sure I want to strip and refinish. Please share all ideas, techniques and products used as I sure there are others wondering too.

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    Mark

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    1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #3419 by RittysMachine


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  • Replied by RittysMachine on topic Cleaning a woodie
    I would buy an authentic style of finish and stay far away from today's polyurethane. Rockler.com is where I purchase my wood finishes. The old style finishes can be rubbed out with fine steel wool or pumice without rubbing through the layer.

    There is that old Antique Roadshow advice to not refinish, but I feel a restored cash register is far more attractive.

    Curt Behnke, CRCCi Webmaster

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    1 year 7 months ago #3420 by thcashregister@msn.com


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    There is a guy in town here that does all my woodies. He cleans and repairs them. Does an outstanding job. Here is a sample of his work.
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    1 year 7 months ago #3421 by Dick Witcher


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    Hi Mark,
    I had one that I did years ago & I started with a kit from Rogers Formsby. I stripped the lid & of course the hide glue softened & the whole lid fell apart. It did clean up ok but was a pain to put back together. Some inlay was missing & some lifted so I sent it to the guy in St. Louis to get the inlay fixed ( he has passed away). If it is original the varnish is pretty easy to take off with a wire brush (steel or brass tooth brush) & then I get these rubber sanding blocks (it has a pointed edge & you can cut them into pieces with sissors) & sand it down. I also have some rolls of sanding cloth in different grades that you can tear a strip off & get it in the corners. This usually gets it down to bare wood without lifting any inlay??? If I can get it where I like it I don't try to stain it & just use a tack cloth for the dust and then a spray wood finish from Deft (ace hardware) I use the Gloss but you can get it in non gloss. People talk about finishing oils but they tend to darken the wood over time. If you have major stains you will have to educate yourself.
    There are books on doing inlay & also a staining kit that you can buy. It is a complicated job. I have touched up a few by just doing the bad part & then spraying the whole thing & it seems to blend well.
    One of our members is becoming an expert Gene Braddock in Florida. He bought a couple of woodies in a basket.
    Good luck,
    Dick

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    1 year 7 months ago #3422 by Dick Witcher


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    I also just use Orange Glow furniture cleaner or Liquid Gold in a spay can to just clean a dusty machine?

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    1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #3425 by notsosharp


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    I have found cleaning with lacquer thinner and 0000 steel wool is quite effective.
    I refinish with satin spray lacquer. Unless the wood is real rough stay away from sand paper.
    This lacquer thinner procedure with a clear lacquer finish will give a good clean original look.

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    1 year 6 months ago #3473 by bruiser@wwt.net


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  • Replied by bruiser@wwt.net on topic Cleaning a woodie
    Thank you to everyone that contributed. I am still thinking about what process I am going to use. Mark

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