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Forum topic by KB1 posted 10-09-2009 05:48 AM 1159 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2009 05:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbishing finishing

A friend had a fire in her apt and I have been given the task of eliminating the smoke smell from a few of her pieces of furniture. I am an experienced woodworker and finisher but have never had to restore smoke damaged pieces. Any answers from the hive mind? kb1

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 06:34 AM

use some Murphy’s Soap

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 06:43 AM

Try some naphtha

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 06:48 AM

killz and sealer is the way to keep it in forever. It’s like pet urine, do not reupolster without sealing first.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 04:02 PM

thanks for the tips. My plan was to use Super Clean to wash and then seal with sealcoat shellac. Looks like I was on the right track.

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 11:48 PM

When I repair/restore a piece with smoke odors…was with Murphy’s Oil Soap, seal with lacquer (or shellac) inside and out…all surfaces. If odor persists spray all surfaces except the outside…with Fabrese, then cover with a sheet or plastic to “trap” the Fabrese…this should solve the problem.


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