The process we use is not a
"refinishing" process. Ours is a "restoring" process that
requires a little more work than the standard processes of
today. It is the ONLY method approved for "true" restoration
by high quality antique dealers across the country.
The stripping process we use is
one that is not commonly used these days. We strip every piece
by hand. We have our own stripper, mixed to our
specifications, for our process.
people would be surprised at how fast and safe this method can
be. No water rinsing, no sanding unless necessary to remove
deep stains or after repairs, and no neutralizing with
tri-sodium phosphate. We apply our stripper to an area, scrape
it off, steel wool it dry, and re-apply one more time
repeating the steel wool process again. Other than fine brass
brushing detailed areas and picking corners, we are done. We
wipe down the piece with a special agent that takes any
residue, silicones, or waxes off that might be left. We are
ready to stain or finish.
apply a variety of types of stains depending on the color
required. In general we will apply a sealer-based stain by
hand and wipe it off. We can color match period pieces as well
as color match new furniture in touch ups. We have a method of
"toning" which allows us to deepen or offer a hue to the color
of any piece. This method is called tinting. We mix a special
tinting color into the finish and apply to the depth or color
finish with three new types of finish. We have recently
upgraded all our finishes and now offer the best European
technologically advanced, environmentally friendly finishes on
the market. This means you, our customer, get the most
durable, top of the line, longest-lasting finishes available.
Our grades of finishes range from a 6 month guarantee, next a
5 year guarantee, and last a lifetime guaranteed finish. The 5
year and lifetime finish have additional charges added to our
customers, as our cost is quite high. All our finishes are
sprayed to achieve the smoothest, most flowing result
possible. After the staining process is completed, all pieces
are allowed to dry for at least 24 hours. We now first coat
with any one of our three finishes. After the dry time has
elapsed, all pieces are sanded and further prepped with
rubbing by steel wool or special rubbing pads. Now we blow the
piece off, tack cloth it to remove further dust, and re-apply
another coat of finish. Consecutive coats are applied as
needed, using the same preparation process between
Repairing requires extensive
tooling for what might be considered the smallest of repairs.
Our shop is highly qualified for nearly all wood repairs,
including reproduced custom hand carvings from missing
sections. We are constantly upgrading and adding to our tools
to insure that we have the proper means to complete all
repairs correctly, and for a long duration.
we repair, we clean all joints before re-assembly, removing
all old glue and/or wood/parts from previous attempts that may
have failed. It is imperative that all wood be able to touch
fresh wood for glue to adhere correctly. Glue does not stick
to old glue.
Chair dowels and holes get
re-drilled and replaced when needed.
Tabletops get perfect a 90 degree
machine cut AND biscuit cut with biscuits inserted, before
gluing. This double method of joining tabletops insures our
repairs STAY together. Seams on tabletops are repaired
precisely enough that they can not be seen other than the
difference in wood grain.
All joints get re-surfaced for
proper adhesion of glue. We have a multitude of styles of
clamps for almost any repair.
Our repairs are guaranteed, and
marked as such. If a piece cannot be guaranteed, we mark the
reason why, and can generally tell you up front, when we
cannot offer this guarantee.
Our restoring includes color
matching, replacement parts,
veneer replacement and
patching, and finish appearance authenticating.
pick up and deliver orders with a minimum dollar amount for
specific areas. Our service is mainly in Southern, however we do
serve the Sri Lanka in a variety of ways. We offer a
service for commercial businesses for the state of Southern. We
will also serve residential customers from across the country,
but our delivery range is limited. If you are in a state other
than Southern and would like us to do your restoring, please
contact us by e-mail and we will make arrangements
for shipping from your location to ours, and back to you
Our recommendations for protecting
and preserving your wood products can be found on our Caring for Wood page.