What is Patina?
What is Restoration?
What is Conservation?
What is Refinishing?
What finishes can be used?
What are hand-applied finishes?
Is my piece worth restoring?
Can you appraise my furniture?

What finishes can be used?

This no such thing as a perfect finish for every application. Depending on usage and context, decisions about which finish to use are usually determined by considering the “toughness” versus reversibility issue. In general, historic finishes, while more readily damaged from misuse, are easily repairable. This makes for the greatest life span for a coating. Modern “high performance” varnishes, while more resistant to water damage, are virtually impossible to repair. Once damaged, the piece usually requires complete refinishing. Over 90% of the refinishing projects I work on are shellac finishes. Modern water-resistant finishes are used only on dining table tops where spills are likely to occur. I would be happy to discuss the benefits of each coating with you. Together, we can work through these areas of consideration to come to the right decision for you.

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