Old oil cloth stuck to oak highchair

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Posted by Deniece ( on July 06, 2003 at 23:56:56:

Among my many projects for the Wood Elixir I just ordered is an oak high chair, about 60 years old. It has decals on the back, which I understand will remain safe during this process. However, this chair was stored for probably 40 years in my grandmother's
loft over the garage. In order to "protect" it, it was covered with what I think was oil cloth. Over many summers of high heat and humidity, this oil cloth
dried out and adhered to a spot on the top of the chair, approximately 1" X 2." It is as hard as concrete and will not budge under fingernail pressure. I have not attempted any other removal methods yet. (I don't want to have to completely strip and refinish this chair.) Any suggestions? Perhaps heat from a hair dryer? I'm willing to try anything, but wanted to ask first, rather than enquiring later about repairing damage I might inflict using the wrong method or chemical. Cheers.

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