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Have you thought of using Restor-a-finish from Howard products? It preserves more of the original patina and wear than stripping, and is very easy to use. I think it looks good and I've used it on a couple of Allwin cabinets with great success. And, if you didn't like the result, you could always revert to stripping it.
As Tallstory suggested Restorafinish is amazing stuff. There is no reason to strip this at all as that's actually a very nice finish. Furniture oil also works well. Takes overnight to soak in, but the result of leaving all the patina is impossible to replicate. And much less time and effort then stripping, and more desirable and hence valuable too.
Thats a great resto, well done!geofflove wrote: ↑Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:24 pm So I thought you might be interested in the end product. First time I’ve tried using water slide decals. Scanned/made up some artwork and inkjet printed them. A bit fiddly to get on. I damaged one but adds to the slightly vintage look I guess.
Tricky to get stuff to fit the machine. But ended up with some small after dinner chocs like you get in restaurants for the centre, and raisin boxes and green and black mini chic bars for the other 2. I used some strips of Correx to line the tubes to reduce their size to work with these goodies.
I love the way you have preserved the artwork!
My god, ill bet there are a lot of restos going on during lockdown.
One of the few good things to come out of it, helping to preserve coin op history for future generations!
Looks great in white, I've only seen them in silver before.geofflove wrote: ↑Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:50 pm Thanks guys. I’m not sure what make the paper was. It was from MrDecal on eBay. Clear inkjet paper. Seemed to work OK. If I was doing it again I would give 3 coats of clear coat rather than 2 before soaking them as a couple bled. It did advise 3 but I thought that 2 looked enough! I think I was also a bit impatient to get them off the paper when soaking resulted in a couple of creased ones. Fortunately I’d printed a few of each so a bit of waste didn’t matter.
I’m now going to do something with this thing. I understand it’s a cigarette vendor used in hotel lobbies etc. Works great on sixpences. I’m planing on stripping and waxing it as the varnish is pretty tatty. I think sweet cigarettes are the way to go for this one! Any idea of its age?
Let me know if you find a source for sweet cigs, I can't find them anywhere.
A result of the PC world of today, probably.
Remarkably, the far-more-harmful ACTUAL cigarettes are still readily available, although kept discreetly out-of-sight.
Ask at the newsagent's, when nobody else is in earshot...
No it doesn't destroy the original finish but adds to it (there are several colours available to match the original). You can do a little light sanding if you like but Restore-a-finish recommend using fine grade wire wool to apply it. Tung oil is good too but requires a bit more practice to get it right.
Does the product revitalise old varnish, as the one thing I hate is old varnish covering most items from this period. It tends to dry up, discolour and crack and never recover from waxes or oils etc.....as a choice I never varnish anything, have done French polishing though, but messy.....