need advise about a shellac/stain finish on antique chair

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Forum topic by knotsofast posted 11-22-2016 02:14 AM 549 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2016 02:14 AM

I have a antique chair that has an old dirty crystallizing shellac finish,.....I thought that it was mahogany…. I took denatured alcohol to it to clean it up and had planned to re-shellac but in the process all the deep dark red/black color came off!!!! At first it was cleaning up nice and showing the beautiful grain but suddenly one or two swipes too many and it is yellow! now I know i am going to have to fix that spot with a stain so I rubbed it some more to get close to bare wood for stain, but now it is white!!!! I have plenty experience with mahogany to know what its grain is like and this wood grain is a dead ringer only it is white! even when wet it is still white. I thought that it might be Palowinia, but the wood is hard and dense.Chair is from late 1800’s to early 1900’s. So the advise I need is how did this happen?, and how do I put that color back? I am assuming that all the color was mixed in the shellac, correct me if I am wrong. I do have experience with shellac, in fact I prefer using it, but I have not delt with this kind of color in shellac before.

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#1 posted 11-24-2016 01:07 PM

any one out there ?

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#2 posted 11-24-2016 01:43 PM

A picture or two always helps, but even with them I’d be of no help. Sounds like a nightmare scenario to be sure, and I’m very interested to hear anyone’s input that’s seen it before and has a suggestion or two. Maybe direct contact with Bob Flexner (sp?) is in order?

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 01:56 PM

I was really hoping that some one would be able to tell me what is going on here before I proceeded, but I am under a lot of pressure to get this piece back . This is a favor for a friend who is in a difficult place and I really don’t want to let him down, he has enough stress on him right now. Can some one at least tell me specifically what kind of stain will mix with shellac ? Who sells it? I don’t want to use dye because this piece gets sun light where it sits in his house.

sorry if It seems I am impatient, but I really don’t have the luxury of letting this one sit around.

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