Re: Using wood elixir before refinishing

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Posted by Russ Jackman ( on November 27, 2003 at 16:11:10:

In Reply to: Using wood elixir before refinishing posted by Clay Swaim on November 25, 2003 at 21:16:43:

Hi Clay,

I guess my first question would be, why use poly? Now that the original beauty has been restored with Wood Elixir, your piece will also benefit from protection against future damage. If you wish to increase the gloss, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this without sealing the wood in plastic.

I compare Wood Elixir to polyurethane as the difference between having a couch "scotch guarded", and having it encased in a plastic cover like my childhood neighbour did :) In addition to restoring wood finishes, Wood Elixir helps protect against moisture and future damage.

For increased gloss, you can apply a good quality wax (carnuba wax is ideal), or apply repeated applications of Wood Elixir, buffing well and allowing 24 hours to cure between treatments. Additional applications can be built up to a French polish-like finish. A light application of Wood Elixir once a year can help maintain and protect your antique and fine wood furniture.


P.S. - If the furniture in question is an antique, people need to be very aware that the value of the piece is reduced with the application of a synthetic finish ... this is one of the reasons Wood Elixir was created by an antique dealer, to beautify and protect without destroying the original patina and finish (and thus much of a piece's value).

: I am refinishing some furniture that has water streaks in it. I've put wood elixir on the water streaks and they have gone. Can I now put a poly finish on the wood or will the wood elixir keep the poly from holding?

: Thank you,
: Clay Swaim

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