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Forum topic by DynaBlue posted 09-09-2009 03:50 AM 808 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2009 03:50 AM

About two years ago I built the rather obligatory Morris chair from cherry and finished it with BLO sanded up to 1000 grit and topped with minwax natural. Normally I use burlap and buff off the old wax and reapply about every 4-6 months but due to being deployed this year it’s been about 10 months since the finish was refreshed. I notice that there are whitish spots on the arms about where elbows sit so I’m figuring that the non-AC house we had in San Diego caused those spots through sweat and skin cells.

I want to clean the wood before rewaxing but most all the cleaners I’ve looked at (murphy’s comes to mind) specify that they should not be used on oiled wood. Anyone have any suggestions for cleaning that won’t involve depriving the cherry of the rather lovely patina it has acquired over it’s lifespan? I want to post pictures of the chair but not until it’s been giving a little love.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 04:11 AM

I typically will use mineral spirits when I want to remove or break down a wax surface. I haven’t had it affect the patina on old pieces I’ve refinished. Of course, the mechnical application of the solvent, whatever you use, will have as great if not greater affect on the patina, i.e., a soft rag vs. a 3M pad or steel wool.

-- Sam

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 07:13 AM


Thanks! I’ll give it a try. Knew I didn’t want to go the sandpaper route..

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 10:09 AM

The wear and tear
Gives character to a chair

It should look used
But Not abused

‘Tis comfort there
In a good used chair

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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