Re: Strange bumpy finish on old doors
Hi, You have an alligatored finish. It probably was shellac originally. When you wax and add furniture polish to shellac, then shellac over it (and repeat this over decades) the layers begin to move and crawl independently, eventually getting like alligator skin. Try sanding it smooth carefully, then using a finish amalgamator product. Then you can add more shellac. The nice thing is, you get to keep a lot of the old stain color, some finish color, and the patina.
Here is my blog entry of what kind of work I do with alligatored finish restoration:http://masonhamlinorgans.com/1/post/...y-varnish.html
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