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Anyone have any suggestions on what kind of oil to use on the wood of an old mantel clock. I would like to bring out some of the luster of the wood while cleaning off the dust without damaging the wood.
 
Posts: 100 | Location: Maryland in the USA | Registered: April 10, 2013
IHC Member 1736
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Mario,

I would float around in the clock section, pocket watch section... several of the guys have talked about refreshing clock cases, crystal cabinets, tool boxes...

Personally, I am a fan of boiled linseed oil. Some have tried wiping the cabinet with a cotton rag dampened with thinner....

It really depends on what the original finish is and what kind of condition it is in.

It could be as simple as a wipe down with Old English furniture polish.

Just keep playing with search words in the, "Find-Or Search_ pull down, until you find a combination that triggers a few returns.

R/Paul-T
 
Posts: 2032 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1736
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This one has some mention of 0000 steel wool and lanolin hand cleaner...

https://ihc185.infopop.cc/eve/f...793923387#9793923387
 
Posts: 2032 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1541
Picture of Lorne Wasylishen
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Take an old T shirt and some mineral spirits/paint thinner and wipe it down to clean it.(Odorless paint thinner is available)

All due respect to Paul, avoid any abrasives, you will find that fervent rubbing with the T shirt and spirits will abrade to some degree giving a soft glow.

Then apply a couple coats of wax.

Any other finish/topcoat will be non reversible.

You can remove the wax every year or so with thinner and re-wax or re-apply wax over the old coats. Wax will pick up a little dust and grime over time and acquire a patina of it's own.

Anything other than wax cannot be removed without removing the original finish.

Watco makes pigmented as well as clear waxes. Do not use Watco Danish oil as it is a finish, not a wax.
 
Posts: 2093 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: March 02, 2011
IHC Member 1736
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Thank you Lorne for summing it up.
 
Posts: 2032 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 30, 2012
IHC Member 1777
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Mario,
Go to the Harley Davidson shop. They have a cleaner that is used to clean Plexiglas windshields. The one that is in the blue bottle has a fine grit in the cleaner. Use that and it will clean the mantel clock very good. it will bring it out to a high shine as it is removing the old wax and dirt.
 
Posts: 1012 | Location: Killen, Alabama in the USA | Registered: January 15, 2013
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think I will stay away from the abrasives and try the Old English polish first, probably on the back. The wood itself is in nice condition and I just want to spruce it up. Thanks again and Happy Holidays.
 
Posts: 100 | Location: Maryland in the USA | Registered: April 10, 2013
Picture of Dave Turner
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Mario,
Here's what I did to my Seth Thomas Lobby, (with GoJo and 0000 steel wool). The lower left corner is where I started, and was amazed to find the original finish under the old dirty brown grime.
It might be considered to be abrasive, but 0000 is very soft and can't hurt the finish, in my opinion:


Dave Turner


 
Posts: 1975 | Location: Wilson, North Carolina in the USA | Registered: November 15, 2011
Picture of Dave Turner
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And here it is, finished.


Dave Turner


 
Posts: 1975 | Location: Wilson, North Carolina in the USA | Registered: November 15, 2011
IHC Member 1541
Picture of Lorne Wasylishen
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Well Dave, I can't argue with the visual results but I stay away from abrasives.
 
Posts: 2093 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: March 02, 2011
Picture of Dave Turner
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Lorne,
How about posting a picture of what we're talking about?


Dave Turner
 
Posts: 1975 | Location: Wilson, North Carolina in the USA | Registered: November 15, 2011
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Very nice, I have one clock that this may benefit from as it is much darker. Did you put any type of coating after buffing off the old grime.
 
Posts: 100 | Location: Maryland in the USA | Registered: April 10, 2013
Picture of Dave Turner
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Thanks Mario,
After cleaning, I did use a little paste wax on it.


Dave Turner
 
Posts: 1975 | Location: Wilson, North Carolina in the USA | Registered: November 15, 2011
Life Member
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When I was working for Mr. Devilbiss, we cleaned several firearms for the Smithsonian Institution. He said it is acceptable to GENTLY!!! use four 0 steel wool on wood, but immediately follow it with a thorough cleaning with a tack cloth, before applying any wax (or linseed oil, depending on the original finish)because steel wool leaves microscopic pieces of steel in the wood grain, which will eventually rust, and cause speckling. I have followed that advice with clock cases, as well.
 
Posts: 213 | Location: Westminster, Maryland in the USA | Registered: March 02, 2015
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