"Refreshing" a Finish On Site
From contributor H:
Letís not get too crazy with the steel wool yet! Naphtha should always be your first chemical of choice. On a soft rag it will pull off 90% of your damage, food, shoe marks, vacuum cleaner marks and most hand grease and oils. It that does not work, then break out the artillery. My local supplier is carrying a Wood Kote product called Lin-soap. It works well as a substitute for naphtha.
From contributor B:
I agree with Contributor H. Easy does it. What does refresh mean? Do they just want it cleaned? Rubbing/sanding it out you would definitely change the sheen and weaken the finish to some degree. I'd tread lightly here. If it's ambered from the original finish you can't change that and will go over the deep end trying. A refresh should just be clean up visible marks and re-topcoat once or twice.
From contributor J:
Contributor H is on the right track. Always start with the weakest cleaner or solvent that will get the job done and then move up to the next strongest thing if that does not work. I start with water, then mineral spirits, then naphtha, and etc.
From the original questioner:
Thanks to everyone for their responses. I think the client wants to go beyond cleaning. He's decided to try a refinisher, which I'm happy with. It's not a job I really wanted to take on.
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