My First Chippendale Project


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34 minutes ago, Hammer5573 said:

How do you apply the base? Will it cause streaking if it's not applied properly?

I mix a little lye powder with water, and wipe the surface with a rag saturated in it. Allow to dry and sand with high grit, like raising the grain. Repeat until you are happy with the appearance. Neutralize with a wipe-down of vinegar before applying finish, or it will ruin the topcoat. DAMHIK.

Experiment on some scrap, and use appropriate PPE.

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On 4/3/2022 at 5:42 PM, wtnhighlander said:

I mix a little lye powder with water, and wipe the surface with a rag saturated in it. 

 

I seen where some people use powdered lime when finishing, could this be why it's used...?

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I thought the powdered lime gave a faded / whitewashed effect? Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong process.

BTW, you can purchase lye powder over the internet, but I used Drain-O Crystals drain cleaner. The active ingredient is lye, but it also contains metal shavings, I assume to help 'scrub' the pipe clean. If you go that route, take care not to pich up shavings in the wiping rag.

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