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Paint & Varnish Removal: The 4 step guide for easy paint stripping

Paint/varnish removal can be daunting if your inexperienced, but its an essential part of the process when restoring timber furniture. Aged furniture is often thrown out and replaced without a second thought, but this is wasteful, costly, and unsustainable. At Restorers’ Choice, we think its important to protect and preserve, not replace; that’s why we […]

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how to prepare and use animal hide glue, a step by step guide

The glue used for this guide is JOINERS GLUE – PROTEIN GLUE, STRONG HOLD ANIMAL GLUE but is accurate for most fine powder animal glues Firstly, cleanliness is essential before, during & after use of all protein glues. Wash out all utensils and brushes in hot water. If in doubt clean it again. I use […]

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Why methylated spirits will cause problems when French polishing, and what is the solution?

Any experienced polisher knows that French Polishing is a form of art. Mistakes are easily made when using shellac and nothing is more frustrating than having to redo hours’ worth of work to fix problems that you think are out of your control, but more times than not, these problems are completely avoidable. Some common […]

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how to use woodstrip paint stripper

Paint Stripping can be tricky if you lack the necessary knowledge and experience, but don’t let that discourage you from tackling custom furniture flip or home renovation. At Restorers Choice, we want you to paint strip with confidence, by following the step by step guide below, you can strip easily and efficiently. Which Paint Stripper […]

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Open Paint Stripper can slowly to avoid sudden pressure release. If the painted surface is oily or soiled, wash down with a degreasing solution or with warm waterwith dish washing detergent. Carefully pour a working quantity of Paint Stripper into an open top container. With a soft brush, apply a generous, thick coat of Paint […]

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Do They Still Make SIFA Steel Wool?

Since recently cutting ties with one of their largest distributors, we've heard many many rumors about SIFA no longer selling their high-quality steel wool products. Wrong. Restorer's Choice remains one of a select few retailers delivering this Australian made product to professionals everywhere. Steel wool offers a range of great uses in wood & antique [...]
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A Few Quick Tips For Using Different Grades Of Steel Wool

When using steel wool it’s important to understand the different grades that are available. SIFA Steel Wool offers 4 different grades that cover a range of jobs and choosing the right one is key to getting the desired finish: Super Fine (0000) Used extensively for French polishing & antique restoration. This grade is used to […]

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