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Subject: Consolidating wood on painted panels

Consolidating wood on painted panels

From: Barbara Appelbaum <aandh<-a>
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Re Miguel Alexandre Oliveira Garcia's query on consolidation of
checked wood, I suggest you try methyl cellulose.  Ordinarily, MC is
not a very strong consolidant, and doesn't tend to work as an
adhesive to stick two things together, but I have found that for
some reason it works well with powdery or other soft wood.  When you
apply it, it may take a few minutes to wet the surface--it sometimes
sits there in blobs before it sinks in--if that happens, you can try
wetting the surface with alcohol first or adding a wetting agent to
the adhesive.  With a panel painting, it may be best to follow it
with wax or something else.

Barbara Appelbaum
Appelbaum and Himmelstein
444 Central Park West
New York, NY  10025
Fax: 212-316-1039

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