“Cherishing our Heritage”

618-524-7590  |   donjsnodgrass@gmail.com

We only restore the original finish without stripping!   As such, we will not refinish anything coated in paint or polyurethane.  Instead of stripping,  we use a process that gently removes the original varnish, shellac, or lacquer finishes. With the use of 000-grade steel wool, the old finish is dissolved down and removed completely without taking color from wood or raising veneers. We use the product called "Formby's Furniture Refinisher" which we purchase at Lowes or Home Depot.  The various steps of our process are described on our website at http://finaltouchantiques.com/restoration/our-technique.

Essentially, we dip 000-grade steel wool and swirl it around on the wood.  Then, once the old finish is sufficiently dissolved, we wipe it clean from the piece with Bounty paper towels.  This is repeated as necessary depending on the stubbornness of the old finish.  

Once the old finish is thoroughly removed, we wipe on several coats of a penetrating finish.  Penetrating finishes are easier to apply and leave a more natural look.   We typically use "Watco Danish Oil"  to protect the wood from within by penetration deep into the wood.  

If you're interested in learning more about our services, call us at 618-524-7590 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.  We welcome your inquiry.

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