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Wood Finishing

Bulletin #: 11a
by Julian Zwolski
Prepared: 1973-04-01
Revised: 1994-01-01

Steps to restore all wood to its natural look on all bikes with wood parts:

  1. Remove all paint, shellac and varnish by using a good paint remover.
  2. Sand all wood parts smooth.
  3. Wipe clean and sweep all parts with vacuum cleaner.
  4. Apply one thin coat of orange shellac. Don’t try to touch up spots after applied, as shellac will build up thicker in spots. Allow to dry overnight.
  5. Using very, very fine steel wool, sand all wood parts.
  6. Wipe clean and sweep all parts with vacuum cleaner.
  7. Apply second coat of orange shellac. Allow to dry overnight.
  8. Using very, very fine steel wool, sand all wood parts.
  9. Wipe clean and sweep all parts with vacuum cleaner.
  10. Now apply first coat of satin clear varnish. Allow to dry.
  11. Using very, very fine steel wool, sand all wood parts.
  12. Wipe clean and sweep all parts with vacuum cleaner.
  13. Now apply second coat of satin clear varnish. Allow to dry.
  14. Using very, very fine steel wool, sand all wood parts.
  15. Wipe clean and sweep all parts with vacuum cleaner.
  16. Now apply one or two coats of wood paste wax to protect natural wood finish and also to protect against sunlight and water. If a scratch should appear on wood at any time, rub a little wax on the scratch and it will be covered up. Wax all wood parts depending on exposure to sunlight and use. Normal time to wax is every 3 to 6 months. Wood will retain its natural look as long as it is taken care of.
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