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Old 02-27-2011, 07:02 AM   #10
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Default Conservation of prop

I do not recommend using linseed oil. This prop has areas where the finish is missing.

You should first seal the prop with a thin coat of shellac; use a soft paint brush to apply it.

When the shellac dries (1 hour) apply Liberon dark oak wax with a boot polish brush. You may have to apply it reasonably thickly (experiment) Let it harden for 1 hour then polish off the excess.

It should give you a consistent darkish finish.

The finish currently on your prop is caused by the item being left in a hot dry place - maybe a tin shed. We furniture conserversí call it crocodile finish and people who appreciate original finishes find it very desirable.


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