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10-24-2010 10:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question poplar finishing

I made a few projects about 9-10 months ago and never got around to finishing them. One of them is a martial arts belt display that has natural wood and painted features. Well, it has been sitting around collecting dust, webs and saw dust. I’m not really sure what to use to clean it without messing up the painted features by using a chemical. And, I don’t want to use water and have it raise the grain on the natural features, leaving me with more sanding. This thing was a real pain to sand the first time around. I’d really appreciate any advice that you guys and gals could throw my way. The wood is poplar.

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 10:18 PM

a damp rag

orange glow

furniture doctor

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 10:47 PM

I would think about naphtha,do a small test first.
Read the labels of what your going to use to make sure it dosen’t and silicone in it ,it will wipe out your finish on this and many projects for months or even years.

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 11:17 PM

high pressure air first…as long as it’s oil free….I’d try that first….or maybe carbon dioxide crystals….though that’s an expensive process….the restoration is what you’re talking about….restoration. I’d consult restoration pages on the internet..there may be chemicals that won’t raise grain or hurt paint….or Tetrahydrocannabinol….which you make you just sit there and stare at it….lovingly. Use damp cue tips and swab small sections….

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 11:33 PM

BarryW – Tetrahydrocannabinol….which you make you just sit there and stare at it….lovingly. ROFLOL!!!
Try alcohol (on a small hidden area if possible), and I agree on the air deal along with a clean brush! Q-tips and water (with or without soap) sparingly! Any solvent (rapid evaporation), depending on what the “grime” consists of.

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 04:00 AM

Vacuum with a brush attachment and then wipe with a dry microfiber rag. Use a tooth brush in the crevices if need be. This will remove the dust, sawdust and cobwebs. If a spiderweb (sticky, not just static cling)is particularly adhered, stick a piece of masking tape on it and then remove the tape, pulling it off.

When using the microfiber rag on the natural (unpainted) areas, wipe with the grain, as the little fibers will catch when going against the grain, particularly if it is a large pored wood like oak or walnut, even if the wood has been sanded to where it feels silky smooth.

Tight areas can also be cleaned using a stiff brush (toothbrush, etc) while using compressed air. The “canned air” like used to clean electronics works well for small spots or intricate carvings.

The above will not remove any stains from chemicals in the air such as from smoke, etc. and won’t remove grease, but should get it most of it cleaned.


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#6 posted 10-25-2010 08:27 PM

Thanks, guys. I’m going to try the compressed air with a brush to start.

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