& Finishing Techniques
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for a Finish
wood finishes need to be cleaned, refurbished, and polished.
There are several products that will do this all at once.
oil is an excellent cleaning agent and keeps both the wood
and the finish from drying out. Carnauba satin wax (mentioned
earlier) also helps preserve the finish and will fill tiny
scratches to restore the luster. When used in combination
with an oil finish it forms a hard, protective surface coat.
Avoid commercial furniture polishes that have
additives that react with and ruin finishes.
cleaning and polishing agents with a soft, loosely woven cloth
- an old terrycloth towel works nicely. Rub vigorously to
loosen the dirt, wipe, then rub again to work the oil or wax
into the wood. Let dry, then buff with lamb's wool.
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