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#1 posted 02-07-2011 02:38 PM
Randy, Homer had a strong influence on me and got me started in refinishing as well. I can’t even imagine the volume of his “magic elixar” that I used in stripping furniture. It is truly surprising what can sometimes be found underneath pieces of furniture with alligatored and blackened finishes.
If memory serves me (which it doesn’t always do) I believe that the original Formby’s stripper was formulated with equal parts of acetone, toluene, xylene, benzene and methanol. This is not a product that I would recommend using today due to the benzene, toluene and xylene components. But back then I was much younger and did not worry about such things.
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#2 posted 02-07-2011 02:59 PM
Formby’s solvent cocktail “Furniture Refinisher” really worked. I wonder how many pieces of antique furniture had their precious patina removed during that era when refinishing antiques was all the rage.
BTW, Ace Hardware had/has a version of that solvent cocktail, at least until recently. I’m not sure they still sell it.I’m sure it’s banned in California.
Behlin also sells a refinishing solvent cocktail consisting if toluene, methanol and acetone, with a little linseed oil.
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