Re: Old Humidor

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Posted by Dr Woodwell ( on June 25, 2003 at 09:49:01:

In Reply to: Old Humidor posted by Michael B. on June 25, 2003 at 09:44:21:

Michael, you may not need to strip and refinish. Wood Elixir is designed to restore the old finish. Without seeing the piece, I can't tell if it is the original finish but if it is, it will almost certainly be either shellac (prior to 1925) or lacquer (after 1925) and not varnish unless it has been resurfaced by an amateur. It makes no difference whether it is veneer or solid wood because the problems are in the finish. If you do decide to strip it, use a liquid stripper of your choice and be careful of the veneer. If using Wood Elixir for the finish, apply several treatments over a long period of time allowing it to sure for at least 1 day between treatments. This will produce a hand-rubbed "French Polish" type of finish.

: I have an old humidor on legs and lined inside with copper. it appears the top and door is veneer. The whole piece is covered with or looks like varnish. What is the best thing to strip this and is the Elixir what I need to refinish with?

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