I have a sideboard and dressers in what I think is called "fumed oak" - antiques where the finish was made to look like oak while using other woods instead. It's a fairly dark finish, with almost "tiger" effects - I wish it really was tiger oak!
How do I clean it and polish it without damaging the finish? I am hesitant to use anything with water as I've seen other pieces where someone has left a coffee cup and lifted a permanent ring out of the surface.
Any ideas are welcome!
Fuming won't change the underlying grain structure of the wood. So if it was fumed and looks like oak, then it's oak.
Faux bois was the technique used to paint "common" woods to look like more expensive woods. Basically, it was "fake graining." The "common" wood (pine, alder, whatever) was painted to look like oak, cherry, chestnut, mahogany, etc. Then a clear finish )often shellac) was put over the faux bois painting.
Your best bet for cleaning it is to use mineral spirits. If the finish is shellac then anything with water (including Murphy's) will "haze" it (think leaving the moisture rings).
You can check out old house sites for lots of information on antique furniture and finishes.
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