Tuesday, February 21, 2012
'Memba That "Slavic Modern" Danish Style Armchair From Sunday? I Got The Howards Restore-A-Finish For It Today. Status: Better, Much Better.
Four screws, take 'em out and the whole chair brakes down into it's flat components! Makes it easy to ship and easy to clean and refinish. And that...the cleaning and refinishing part, not the shipping part...is exactly what I got done today.
This is as far as I got Sunday. Just a quick cleanup of the dust and cobwebs and a temporary
application of cushion. Just enough to kinda show it off. From a distance it looks great but
there were some finish issues that I needed to address. So today I got some of that Howards
Restore-A-Finish in Walnut that everybody is raving about.
Here are a couple of before and after pics. Sorry the after pics are indoors and with a flash.
That totally changes the color but at least you can see the obvious and vast improvement. Gone
are those badly scratched and finishless areas. I had to really go to town with the Goof Off to
get the old duct tape residue off the wood at the back of the seat.
I didn't really take my time with this as it'll be hidden by a cushion sooner or later...and I don't
really have a lot of patience. Still, a huge improvement! Then I cleaned everything with general
purpose cleaner. After that I used some dry steel wool (0000) on everything which really cleans
the finish up quite nicely itself. Then I used a new piece of steel wool and applied the Howards
I was surprised how different this product is than my stand by of Minwax Antique Finish
Restorer. The Minwax dissolves the old finish where as the Howards does not. The Howards
seems to perhaps further clean the existing finish while adding color to areas that need it. It
does not leave a finish behind or disturb the original finish. It just freshens up the old and fills
in color where needed. I like it. I have a number of other items that I will be trying it out on
in the future, including a full Broyhill Sculptra bedroom set that I've yet to clean up!