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Restoring Old Molding no stripping

I have a folk Victorian house, built in 1904. It has beautiful original woodwork throughout the house. All the moldings- baseboards, stairs, window trims are all stained wood. A lovely dark walnut with hints of cherry. This is one reason why we purchase the house. The moldings need to be refreshed. We do not want to strip and stain them. What is the best process? Most still look good. The windows look dry. Some areas look like there is build-up on them. Some have holes from curtain rods that we’d like to fill and blend in. 

Thank you!

Re: Restoring Old Molding no stripping

Find a hidden area and try some denatured alcohol on it. If the finsh disolves it is shellac and can be wiped clean and recoted with new shellac.

Built up ares may be wax or hand oil, you can try TSP to clean or wx remover just make sure it does not contain alcohol.



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