Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Germany, Dortmund
Originally Posted by kai
I am not a professional conservateur but this sounds pretty terrifying! I don't think any chemical paint remover should be used on any antique unless it has been proven to be harmless (long-term preservation rather than just cosmetic short-term appearance) on all materials involved.
Detlef, shellac is easily soluble in ethanol which will be much gentler to wood but still suck out some oils. What do you wish to remove, exactly?
I am with you, I am afraid to use paint remover!
Look to the description from the seller. He states that the complete barong is covered with shellac which I plan to remove.