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Forum topic by CubsFan posted 04-09-2017 03:40 PM 494 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2017 03:40 PM

I made a jewelry box for my niece a number of years ago (5?), and I’m 95% sure I used Arm-R-Seal, likely the satin finish.

I’ve heard that it’s looking a little “Dull” these days. What’s the best way to get it back to being shiny? Another coat of Arm-R-Seal? Some wax?


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#1 posted 04-11-2017 01:56 PM

In my opinion, its not difficult to restore, but it’ll take some doing.

If it’s not too bad, wax/oil/steel wool will go a long way towards putting a fresh sheen on it. BUT if it is worn down to the wood you’ll have to reapply a finish and after waxing it…. you’ve got some work to do.

Aside from completely sanding off the finish to ensure there’s no oils/grease that will prevent adhesion of fresh armrseal, you have one good, easy solution. Shellac. Shellac is the universal sealer. I’d wipe on a thin coat of shellac after scuffing/cleaning up the surface with scotchbrite/steel wool/etc. and some sort of grease solvent. When it dries, take some 320 paper to it to remove the fuzzies. Afterward simply apply armrseal as desired.

-- Just another woodworker

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