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The bolt covers were the first to undergo wet stripping. This was carried out by laying a light brush coat of meths, then the bolt covers were
wrapped in a plastic cover. The practice of ‘wrapping’ allows the evaporation of the meths which softens the shellac polish more rapidly.
 
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Bolt covers before work.
 
Once the polish was soft it was removed using both steel wool and a cloth of meths. Only light rubbing was used to avoid penetrating the timber
surface colour.
 
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Bolt cover after the polish has been removed.
 
The depth of the carving required small sticks with cloth twisted around to help lift the typically 1980’s polish.
 
I also wanted to keep any original polish in the depth of carving to aid in rebuilding a contrast when re-polishing to maintain a period look.
 
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It is interesting to note that the inside of both bolt covers showed signs of retaining the original polish finish.