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Posted on Need advice on refinishing a whiskey barrel top

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 01:32 AM

This is a tough one – since you want the printing. If this were my project, I’d try the following:
- Pick a printed area on the barrel that you don’t care about that you could fix with a fine-tip marker (like the final Y in WHISKEY).
- Using a Q-tip or small sponge try one after another of the following things and try scrubbing the surface to see if the dirt will come off and leave the printing: (Let dry thoroughly between each experiment)
o Dish soap in hot water
o Paint thinner
o Wood floor cleaner
o Solution of laundry detergent and bleach
o Sudsy Ammonia (Do NOT mix bleach with this – may release poison gas)

Then if the experiment finds a solution that works, I would wash a larger area but still stick to text that you don’t care about as much. If that still works well, then do the whole surface, but gently.

Good luck!

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