Antique Furniture Restoration

Antique Furniture Restoration from NIgel D Stephens Antique Furniture Restorer

By: NIgel D Stephens Antique Furniture Restorer  17/09/2010
Keywords: furniture repair, furniture restoration, antique restoration

WAXING (finishing)
The finish on a piece of antique furniture develops its own character and patination over the years.  If the piece has been well looked after, its restoration should be aimed at minimal intervention.  Gentle cleaning and re-waxing should be enough to bring back the lustre and depth of colour.  This is especially true of older pieces which were originally finished with wax or linseed oil rather than French polish or spirit varnishes
Antique Furniture Restoration provides a complete French polishing service.  Using traditional methods of polishing a "rubber" or brush is used to apply thin layer upon thin layer of shellac to the surface until the open wood grain is filled and a lustrous gloss develops.  Although some customers may prefer the highly polished surface to be "cut back", we do this with steel wool or a fine abrasive powder such as rottenstone and we will finish the piece by applying beeswax which will then be buffed, producing an effect is more in keeping with older pieces.
Veneers, inlays, marquetry, crossbanding or stringing can sometimes lift away, these can normally be reapplied simply by reactivating the glue. However if the pieces have been damaged or lost, they must be carefully copied, hand cut, coloured and re-finished before being re-applied. We stock a large selection of old veneers to use for this type of work.

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