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Hi , looks like your clock came out great!You could leave it as-is. I have a Waterbury parlour clock that is two-toned and rather than surmise that someone tried to work on it or the crown is a replacement, I think that's the way it came out of the factory. Or, you could strip and refinish but you would have to stain the entire case. It is a lot of work and you may or may not like the final result.
Nevertheless, here is an Arthur Pequegnat gingerbread clock that was completely stripped (using a commercial stripper) and refinished with shellac.
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Thanks guys.I agree with what has been said. You'll really need to finish stripping the remaining original finish to get a smooth and even final color/finish. To refinish, I think I would try using garnet colored Shellac.
Hi Bruce. Thanks for that. I wonder though if the wood is sealed first would it prevent the shellac from penetrating the wòod? Asking because I have no idea.Hi Parsons,
If you decide to go with a dark shellac like garnet, it is recommended that you first put a clear blonde sealer coat first, then the garnet, topped with another clear coat.
I have purchased flakes from this supplier a few years ago and I was happy with them. <!--45-->With Shellac, it is all about the Finish.
Your mileage may vary so go with what you know.
Hey thanks! That sounds like good infoI would refinish but would not use a stripper. Depending on when it was made and a couple of other things, it is either a shellac or lacquer finish, probably shellac. Unlike varnish or poly, shellac (denatured alcohol) and lacquer (lacquer thinner) dissolves in their thinner. Also shellac darkens to almost black after sunlight and 80 or 100 years. This clock was probably the color of the top originally.You might try denatured alcohol on a spot and see if the finish dissolves. If so remove the finish that way. Is I were doing that I would do the top at the same time so some of the alcohol/shellac would soak in, return some patena to the wood and make it all look the same. Then finish with clear shellac. I think kitchen clocks were normally light if oak and dark if walnut. Let us know how it turns out and what works for you.