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Old trunk care?
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Aaron    Posted 10-22-2001 at 16:42:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I reciently bought and old (antique?) trunk. The outside is in good condition, but the metal is very rusted and tarnished. What can I do to help keep the fabric on the oustide in good shape? I think it's leather, but I'm not entirely sure. Also, what can I use to clean up the metal on the corners and latches? I'm not after a new look, but I'd like some color on this otherwise black trunk.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 10-23-2001 at 12:34:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Aaron, as with any antique, have it appraised by an expert before you do any restoration. Have you ever watched "Antiques Roadshow?" On almost every show, they have to tell someone that they have ruined a valuable piece by attempting to refinish it.

BB    Posted 10-23-2001 at 10:42:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I refinished a trunk recently. Mine was a little different in that it was wood covered in thin tin sheet. It had hardwood slats along all edges and a couple across eash side and top. Each corner also metal pieces to protect the corners. The tin was rusted but not thru. The corners were beyond saving. I removed all the slats and corner metal pieces. I wire brushed all the tin. Applied naval jelly to remove the remaining rust. Then applied two coats of dark oak varnish to the tin. That gave a nice antique look. I bought new metal corners that were a bright brass color. I also got some corrosive from an antique shop which I used to remove the brass finish from the new corners. After putting a coat of varnish on them, the matched the tin perfectly. After sanding the slats and varnishing them, it came out looking really good. This might work for your metal. You will probably need to determine for sure if it is leather and then find a good cleaner to restore it's natural color.

JoeK    Posted 10-23-2001 at 00:25:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use "saddle soap" on the leather of some old test equiptment cases and antique radios.Flitz or Brasso metal polish will shine up the fittings.While yer shoppin pick up a couple small brushes too,like toothbrush and handcleaner brushes,Take yer time and let the cleaners/polish do their thing.Saddle soap/Brasso & Flitz have been around for years,tried and true.

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