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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
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    Next week sometime I should get my dark brown Briwax past wax. I had to order it as nobody here in Springfield carries it.
    When I'm finished waxing the treadle top I'll post a bunch of before and after pics.
    I think we still have some Briwax in Mahogany from when we lived in Tacoma. I'm looking forward to you comparison pics!

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    Thanks, i just got a fw, and saw a nice treddle, thought about it,but it needs refinishing. Now i know what tilo do.
    thanks again

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    By alcohol is it any ie gin whiskey or is it special?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    By alcohol is it any ie gin whiskey or is it special?
    You don't want the other things that are in most drinking alcohols so the typical is to use denatured. I've heard of people using Everclear (something like 190 proof - not sure if you have it in England) but that would be expensive!

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    Glenn, Here is a totally newbie to wood refinishing question: Can you use the Briwax, to seal, finish wood, that has been stained with a water based product? I also see that the Annie Sloan Wax is used over paint, I imagaine that the Briwax, is the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Glenn, Here is a totally newbie to wood refinishing question: Can you use the Briwax, to seal, finish wood, that has been stained with a water based product? I also see that the Annie Sloan Wax is used over paint, I imagaine that the Briwax, is the same.
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    Yes you can but it is not as durable as a clear coat of shellac and will have to be applied every few months. Thr Briwax is fine for this. Wax is usually used to protect the clear coat finish as a moisture barrier and to prevent scratches in the finish. Wax has been used as a top coat finish for centuries. It will give a matt sheen like an oil finish to the cabinet. Yes you can use the wax to painted surfaces with no problem as long as the paint has cured well. Dark wax will give an antique look and the clear will give it a nice clear shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Kat if you use my cleaning solution one(in a tutorial cleaning and revining furniture finsh) it will klill and get rid of the mold and smell. It will do wonders for the cabinet which is not as bad as you think from the pic. After clelaning then you can evaluate the cabinet and see what is needed. I would like to see pic of the after cleaning then I can advise you better as what to do with the cabinet. I don't use Joe method of venegar because it will loosen the old hyde glue. But Joe is correct on the rest.

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    Thanks Skip I will get the elbow grease and get working on cleaning it up. I am lucky that the smell isn't really that bad, mostly just can see there is mold, it looks dry and maybe that's why I can't smell it. The part that is the worst never made it in the picture, but I will make sure that it is in the next one after a good cleaning. Most of the cabinet is in good shape, just a little loose where the drawers are.

    Thanks Kat

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    Glenn is the shellac the same as yacht varnish usually clear that we get in England. Some of the names you say I hAve problems translating the words

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    Dottymo - not Glenn but I'm 99% certain shellac is not yacht varnish. I think that's what we would call spar varnish - it's tough stuff, very waterproof and non-reversible. The only other name I've seen shellac commonly referred by is French Polish, though that's properly an application method. Here's a link to one company on your side of the pond that lists it:
    http://www.mylands.co.uk/products/polishes/

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    Dottymo - not Glenn but I'm 99% certain shellac is not yacht varnish. I think that's what we would call spar varnish - it's tough stuff, very waterproof and non-reversible. The only other name I've seen shellac commonly referred by is French Polish, though that's properly an application method. Here's a link to one company on your side of the pond that lists it:
    http://www.mylands.co.uk/products/polishes/
    I don't think you want it tinted - you want it clear
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