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Old 05-26-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a great old home. the interior is almost completly Knotty Pine. The problem is that this paneling is nearly 70 years old, hasn't been cleaned in years and looks VERY dry. What would be the best way to clean and put some new life into this beatiful old paneling?

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Murphy's oil soap does a nice job cleaning finished wood surfaces.

If you're wanting to add to the existing finish, you'll have to exeriment. It really depends on the wood's current finish...If there is already a stain or clear coat in/on the wood, it may not receive a new finish very well without a lot of prep work. I'd suggest trying a small location behind a permanent piece of furniture or in an inconspicuous location. Be sure to let the finish dry completely before going further. On rare occasion, one finish will conflict with another, and the new one won't dry properly.

I'd lean toward a rubbed oil finish. Oil will add more depth to the wood and will take care of that dry look you described. Danish Oil is my favorite. Tung oil is another, but there is a fairly strong smell with it.

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I used tung oil on these 2 projects, but I did a LOT of work on them before the finish was applied. I think I put 3 coats on each (this was a few years ago and I can't remember what the smell was like).

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Whoa, Jay,
Those after pics of your projects look great. How about coming up to Oregon and show me how to do that to my walls. I'll buy the beer! Really, thanks for the advice, between Murphys soap and toungue or Danish oil and lotsa elbow greese I am now confident I can bring the walls back, Then there is the issue of the 70 year old wiring......
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Give tung oil a sniff before committing to it. Plan on at least a couple coats, sanding with 0000 steel wool between coats.

Danish oil will give a very similar look, minus the "we're spending the week in a hotel" smell.
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Jay123: i know this thread is old, but i just gotta say, i love the design on that oval table!....the supports are cool...
you might try boiled linseed oil if tung is too stinky. it has a smell, but not too bad, and it dissapates.

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Thanks DM, but I can't take any credit for the design, it was an old table of a client's that they wanted stripped and refinished a few years back...but they were very happy with the end result, and that's what counts.
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kinda figured that....lol it just reminded me of this one i redid.
Unusual Antique Folding Table Refinish

i love old furniture, back when it was stylish, and made with functionality and ingenuity.... Po)
i may copy those legs....

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nice work on the table
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it looks like both were in about the same shape when we started too! lol
nice job on that....
i really liked the "turning/hide the drawer under" feature on the one i did.
when i get done building this home, i intend to concentrate on my woodshop a LOT more and plan to do a similar design.

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the refinished table: those empire revival tables were never meant to have a natural finish. they were finished to look like the nicer, more expensive mahogany veneers. the light pine looks weird on the scroll legs - but taste is individual.
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A blast from the past.
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I would use Murphy Oil soap or Holloway House Lemon Oil which is excellent for antique wood.

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