Refinishing Silicone-Contaminated Furniture
From contributor R:
I've only been able to solve this two ways.
1) Lay down two coats of dewaxed shellac. For a table, just pick up the spray cans at the lumberyard. Works 95% of the time. Some don't feel comfortable with shellac under CV. I only did that once with no problems (as I usually spray a pre-cat).
2) Spray three very thin mist coats of vinyl and after that a full coat of vinyl, then sand. Works most of the time. The three coats are so thin that there isn't enough material to act up, and by the time you've done three, you've effectively sealed it enough to put a full coat of vinyl on.
From the original questioner:
Thanks. I think I'll try to get a couple thin layers of sealer on and then a pre-cat lacquer. With my luck on this, the CV might pull too hard and wrinkle. I am surprised though - I was to bare wood and then washed with lacquer thinner. Is alcohol or acetone a better solvent for the evils of Pledge?
From contributor T:
Contributor R has given you good advice. The only problem I've run into with a sealer of shellac or lacquer is that some finishes will burn into and through the shellac and then your fisheye will reappear. If you use a shellac sealer, keep your first couple of finish coats thin as well, especially if it's lacquer.
You can use most any finish to seal silicone in as long as the first 3 or 4 coats are very thin. Another solution not mentioned is to add a fisheye eliminator to your finish. Yes, it does contain silicone, but no, it will not contaminate your equipment. You'll have to select a product that is compatible with the finish you're using. It is still advisable to keep your first couple of coats thin. Fish eye eliminator reduces the surface tension of your finish to the point where the silicone contamination can't force it to pool away from the contamination sites.
P.S. Wax you can wash away with solvent. Silicone you can not.
From contributor L:
Try a 50-50 mixture of water and ammonia to wipe away the silicone contamination. Depending on how bad it is, it should work.
From contributor O:
Among the suggestions already given, and more, we feel it's critical to clean the surface of pieces before stripping. We will wash with detergent, ammonia solution, naphtha, alcohol, automotive de-waxer, etc. Silicone (Pledge and others polishes) is a flat molecule, it is a lubricant, and as we all know, a contaminant on any surface one is trying to finish. If you don't clean off all you can before you strip, it just travels to the original surface with the stripping solvents and slurry as you strip.
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