Caution: Remove in dry, well-ventilated, flame-free area
Wax finish: Remove dust. Obtain color desired by bleaching, staining or allowing to remain natural. Apply thin coat with circular motion, wipe of excess with dry cloth. Allow to dry and polish. Rub with steel wool, then chamois. Repeat weekly till wood appears mellow.
Oil finish: Rub in solution of 2 parts boiled linseed oil, 1 part turpentine with the grain. Allow to dry. Repeat. Then repeat weekly for 3 to 5 weeks.
Antique finish: With paint or floor brush, apply antiquing glaze (amber or row sienna and lampback in solution of 3 parts varnish and 1 part turpentine). While still weet, rub with soft cloth, removing glaze in proportion to normal wear-least in the corners, most at the protrusions. Allow to dry. Varnish to protect coat.
Polychroming: This gives a vari-shaded effect in any color. Apply artist’s paints thinned with raw linseed oil. Shellac or varnish lightly. Apply thick paste of 1 part rottenstone, 1 part liquid wax, moistened with turpentine (or heavy coat of cream or tan paint). Allow to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove as much paste or pant as desired.
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Bleaching: To obtain light-colored (modern) finish, select woods to open garnish. Pine comes out a gray, mahogany and cherry, pink. Wipe on bleaching solution ( 1 lb, oxalic acid crystals plus 1 gal. water for each 10 sq.feet) with old broom. Allow to stand for 15 to 30 minutes. (the longer the lighter). Mop up with solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in 1 pail of water, allow to dry. Brush in flat white paint, white lime or white lead, and wipe immediately with cloth. Apply 1 coat of white shellac and allow to dry. Sand lightly. Apply 3 to 5 coats of liquid wax with soft cloth.
Pickling: Apply flat white or enamel undercoater. Allow to dry 5 minutes. Wipe off. Burnt umber for added color.
Bleaching old furniture (alternative method): Remove all paint. Apply chlorine bleach with cloth or soft brush till correct color is obtained. Apply flat white paint, rub off most of paint immediately. Allow to dry.
Decalcomanias: Buy design desired. Soak in water or turpentine as directed. Work into position while still wet. Remove base paper. Allow to dry. Similar effect may be obtained by pasting colorful cutouts on the surfaces.
Freehand painting: On the outline of the picture to be painted, or a tracing, perforate small holes. Attach original to wall with Scotch tape and rub chalk or powder through holes. Remove drawing and use powder dots as outline. Apply artist’s oil paints. After paints have dried. brush off chalk marks. Apply varnish or shellac to protect surface.
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Stencil painting: Buy or cut stencils in design desired. Attach stencil to wall with Scotch tape or heated glue size. With blunt-brush or spray gun, apply special paints. (Tube glazing colors or oil paints thinned with 3 part turpentine, 1 part linseed oil to creamy consistency).
Sand-float Finish: Apply flat paint. Make a paste of 1 part turpentine, 1 part linseed oil, 1/2 gallon of flat or exterior paint, 1 quart clear varnish, and strain. Add Torpedo or bank sand and mix into a thick paste. Apply with stiff brush, working 2 to 3 square feet at a time. Stipple in a circular motion, or use trowel or other instrument to create a design.