Michael Dresdner

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Archive for December, 2010

Hand applied sunburst

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Q: How do you recreate the look of the old style hand applied sunburst used on Gibson mandolins from the 1920s and 1930s? A: The somewhat rough look of the inside ring of the sunburst comes from the old style hand applied sunburst as opposed to one that is sprayed on. It’s a moderately difficult [...]

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Spot on

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Q: Can no-sand floor renewal finish systems fill in worn spots on a baked on factory finish? A: Yes, they are made to go over any finish. However, the problem with worn spots is that they may or may not look the same. Many, but not all, finishes, both commercial and industrial, add amber to [...]

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Don’t make me blush

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Q: I need to finish a reproduction 17th Century Chester County Spice box. How much trouble will I have if I take the box into the unheated garage long enough to spray shellac with an HVLP and, then take it right back into the house? Will I end up with blushing? A: Not likely. However, [...]

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