This was a garage sale leftover that was free and I just couldn’t pass it up.
What I would really like to do is knock the dust off of it and just clear coat.
However, the checked paint on the top is fairly loose as is the black lacquer on the binding.
I thought that a light spray clear coat would hold the paint on and then I could try and clean up the rings on the top and maybe touch up the missing gold paint with a little gold spray paint and then put another coat of lacquer on it.
for the most part on the sides and most of the weaving the paints on pretty good but I’d like to avoid knocking anymore off if possible.
It looks like it has layers of gold paint with black lacquer and a clear coat over it on the top.
I tried wiping the top with mineral spirits and that took off some of the attractive gold paint so I won’t do that anymore.
For the binding I’m planning to spray, sand the bare spots a little, touch up then spray again.
I had some thoughts:
I noticed that saliva and a rag seem to work the best at taking the dust off without taking the paint off but it might just be that I have to be more slow and meticulous.
I read an article somewhere that painting restoration pros actually use saliva as one of their cleaning agents because it has a balanced pH.
I’m wondering if raising the humidity in the room would make the paint less brittle and, if yes, how long would I have to do that and how much humidity? Would a steamy bathroom be too much?
Another thought I had was to put danish oil with a little mineral spirits in a spray bottle and spray the thing down let it dry for a day and then I could spot clean without knocking the paint off of the rest of it.
Any advice on the type of finish? Poly, lacquer, shellac? I want something that will penetrate and bond to most finishes.