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Forum topic by Lowlightbw posted 02-22-2015 06:59 PM 865 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lowlightbw

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02-22-2015 06:59 PM

Hi all,
I found a plywood eames loung chair in white ash that had been painted white with dark grey “spots”. I want to refinish the ash in the factory red aniline dye and have stripped the paint successfully. After stripping i discovered the wood is lighter in the areas where the spots were and darker where the white paint was located. Could the different value of paint affect the wood surface? The chair was manufactured in 07 so it theoretically could have been painted for almost 7 years. i am not sure what has caused the lighter shade in the darker areas. I am afraid to sand due to the thin veneer. Is there a cleaner/conditioner that may work? Any help/ suggestions appreciated. Pictures coming soon.
-ben


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#1 posted 02-23-2015 02:06 AM

anyone? I am really wanting to restore this chair!

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 02:09 AM

Try wood bleach.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 02:10 AM

Thank you for the reply. I think I will try and create a paste with bar keeper’s friend. It has detergents in addition to the oxalic acid. I will try this after work tomorrow and let everyone know how it goes.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 10:51 PM

Ok, so the barkeeper’s friend didn’t even the surface and the spots are still visible. Do you think the dye may even the surface if it penetrates or will the spots still be visible? My 2 other options are to ebonize the surface with india ink or cover the back and seat panel with a cowhide. grrrrr. Any opinions on if the red colortone dye with even the surface??? Thanks ahead. -Ben

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 11:39 PM

hmmm, you could pick up some cheap ash veneer and re-veneer it perhaps. I’ve got a feeling the dye will not even it out as much as you’d like.

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 11:35 PM

I hand sanded it lightly today with 80 – 100 – 120 and it evened it some. I am not going to go any further with sanding as I am afraid of going through the veneer. How hard is it to veneer? (I am guessing if I have to ask it is out of my range of abilities, lol)

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#7 posted 03-05-2015 01:52 AM

I thought I would give an update. I don’t have pictures yet but will try and get some of the finished chair once the top coat has been applied. The dye evened the wood out beautifully! No more spots. I am excited to put the chair back together. Speaking of finishing, I would like to have a satin finish but can’t decide on wether I should use a polycrylic or lacquer finish. If I spray the lacquer and rub it out should I use a glossy lacquer? Any help is appreciated.

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#8 posted 03-05-2015 02:36 AM

I’d say so. You can always knock the gloss down but you can never add to it. Without another coat.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 02:40 AM

I thought I would add a photo. This is the back panel dyed with 4 coats of lacquer. I am going to let it cure for at least a week before I finish it. I decided to go with all layers in a satin finish due to the grain of the wood. While it is not a perfect job I am satisfied with my efforts. Thanks for everyone’s help! I will post a reassembled picture soon!

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 07:53 PM

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