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    Default Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    Recently purchased a used Austin Clark 2 point that is amazing.

    It is, however, a bit 'grungy'.

    I'd like to clean it.

    Did the normal 'searches' and what I'm seeing is using a slightly damp soft cotton cloth.

    If that doesn't do the trick, what would the next step be?

    Any ideas?
    John
    Long Island, New York

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    Default Re: Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    Call Austin.

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    Default Re: Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    Sent him an email yesterday and waiting for a response.

    Was hoping someone here might have some advice.
    John
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    Maybe Ted Eschliman will chime in. He reviewed a cherry red one on his site quite a while ago. I don't recall if he actually owned it or not.
    Play it like you mean it.

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    Default Re: Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    I have “sweat rash” marks on my Clark GBOM. In discussion with Austin, we settled on Novus (poss No.2) but I’ve yet to attack the rash with any gusto in case I take too much of the finish off.

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    Default Re: Cleaning oil varnish finish with a French polished shellac

    No rash, just the vague 'gunk' I'd like to get off.

    I want to make sure I don't damage the finish in any way, so I'm hesitant to try anything.

    Bill McCall - the one I have is the twin that Ted reviewed. If memory serves me (ALWAYS a crap shoot), he had one made with block inlays and some other customizations.

    Hopefully Ted will chime in.
    John
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