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Forum topic by Beorn posted 05-21-2014 12:56 AM 1936 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Beorn

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05-21-2014 12:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing refurbishing traditional seats fiber twine

I am refinishing a pair of rocking chairs with fiber rush (paper twine) seats. The chairs were never used and were stored in a dusty damp basement. The seats were never finished and other than a few years of dust are in great shape. Does anyone have a suggestion for gently cleaning the rush seats? I am finishing the oak chair with blond stain and probably a urethane type semi gloss finish. I was thinking I could use a spray flat or semi gloss on the seats to give the color some richness and protect them. Is this a good idea or are there other suggestions? Does anyone have experience with this material? Thanks for your time and support.

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 01:05 AM

Beorn,
I found this web site related to seat fiber rush:
http://www.countryseat.com/faqseats.htm#rush

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Beorn

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 06:18 PM

Thanks Oldtool,

I ended up using a stiff bristle brush to clean the seats and then brushed on a coat of shellac in a can. I’m not sure how long this treatment will last but aesthetically it came out great. I will be posting the pair of rocking chairs as a project as soon as I finish applying stain on the second chair.

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 06:20 PM

OK, looking forward seeing the finished chairs.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 07:40 PM

Kinda wondered why ya asked since you finished anyhow.
I’m a +1 for the shellac.
Bill

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