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At home I have a Dining table and chairs. the table top has bare patches in the finish,the legs and framing are okay, the chairs have bare patches on the backrest,
The suite is about 20 years old Teak with what I assume is a sprayed finish what suggestions can you make about method of restoration or is this a job for a professional finisher.
I value your comments,

Stanley :lol:
 

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Stanley,

Depends on how confident/competent you are re finishing. Also depends on what the original finnish was. Could be Shellac - seen this a few times, or a laquer type finish.
If your looking to re shellac it i.e. French Polish it, can you do that?
If it's a laquer finish then to replace you need spray kit, have you got that?
I would seriously consider stripping the original off with Nitromors yellow stripper and then applying an oil finish to the table. Reasonably easy to do and maintain, plus no specialist kit or knowledge. Just do as it says on the tin and don't rush the job. My favorite oil is Liberons finishing oil.

If i can help further, then post again.

Res.
 
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Many thanks for your advice,how do you know what the finish is I have since found out the table was made by Jentique ( I dont know if that helps ) But I will probably finish it as you suggest,


Stanley :) :(
 

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You can often ascertain the type of finish by rubbing a little of various solvents on the finish in some inconspicuous place with a Q-tip. Shellac will dissolve in meths and this will be obvious when you look at what comes off on the Q-tip.

Do buy a good book or two on finishing. There are so many variables to contend with, you really need a road map and practice. Any book by Bob Flexner, Jeff Jewitt or Michael Dresdner is a good one.
 

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