To Shellac or Not!!

CrazyClock Man

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What is the rule of thumb when redoing the wood finish of an old clock when it comes to decreasing the value? I know that this Sessions clock is not worth a whole lot but I still don't want to totally destroy the value. I've cleaned up the case real good and would like to put some beauty back into it. Thanks in advance. Darrell
 

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harold bain

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It won't hurt the value to give it a fresh coat of shellac. And it will improve the appearance.
 

Steven Thornberry

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I think the clock looks real good the way it is. The clock, the Superior No. 2, is, after all, about 100 years old - shown in Tran's Sessions book from the 1915 catalogue. Why shellac? Well, it is your clock, but it simply shows its age
 

Kevin W.

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I would give it a few coats of shellac, i dont feel it would hurt things any. But it does look good as is. Maybe give the case a clean with waterless hand cleaner with no pumice in it.
 

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