How to Refinish an Antique Mahogany Table
Antique Mahogany Tables are sought after and are well taken care of. Mahogany tables are solid constructions that take longer to be affected by termite and usually remain intact for years. The strength of the wood enables them to stand erect for decades. However antique mahogany tables need great deal of care and preservation to make their beauty last longer.
Step 1: Checking for Chinks
The table before restoration needs to be observed for chip off wood, carefully. Each and every part is examined to point out any majorly damaged areas. The chips can be filled with wood putty. This is available in different shades. However if the exact shade is not achieved, adding dark tint to the putty can make it match the table color. This putty dries out later with a smoother finish that matches wood texture later. Larger chips should be left un filled to avoid discoloration.
Step2: Dusting off Dirt and Debris
After the gashes are filled the table is finely cleaned with the help of a brush. If the table is carved then careful cleaning is required. Start off with one corner of the table and start brush strokes. These should be in a sweeping motion and preferably uni directional. This will avoid dust from accumulating in crevices.
Step 3: Cleaning with Turpentine Oil
Before using harsh chemicals the table is to be cleaned with turpentine oil. This is a natural element and helps clean as well as coat the wood with oil. Soft cotton cloth should be used as a rag. The rag is dipped n turpentine and then swept over the table carefully. Concentrating on damaged areas. When the table is clean enough it is left in the open to dry out.
Step 3: Cleaning with Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaning Fluid
Scott’s Liquid Gold is specifically designed for wooden products. Another cotton rag is spread with Scott’s Liquid Gold and the table is rubbed in parts. It is necessary to divide the table in imaginary parts to make sure the refinishing is done satisfactorily. Scott’s Liquid Gold needs a bit longer to sink in the surface and works twice as good. The rag with the fluid is rubbed on the table in circular motion. After the cleaning is done the table needs to be left in the sun to dry. Sometimes it so happens that the table is discolored. In such cases colored polish is recommended. A cheaper way is to add a bit of dark tint to the polish available and rub to make it even.
Step 4: Polishing with Howard’s Restore-A-Finish
The most tricky work in mahogany table restoration is polishing. Pea sized amount of polish is smudged on the table to cover every area. A clean cotton rag is applied in clockwise and anticlockwise motion. The polish has to be rubbed till the table becomes smooth and shiny. When finally that happens, the polish is completely absorbed in the wood. This then means that it has become safe from spills.
Step 5: Finishing with Laquer
After the table is left to absorb the polish in the sun for an hour, it is painted with laquer. This liquid after drying gives gloss to wood. This has to be left in the sun for an hour to finish the restoration.