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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    Thanks Roger, good article you linked to there. I'll give that a try soon and post my results.
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    Yes it's nasty stff, although effective. It ate through my nitrile gloves eventually, so I tried washing up gloves for comparison (Robust by Aurelia, which proved the toughest I've seen so far - except this!). I think if I changed the nitriles often, it would be fine. I'm fairly new to...
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    A reasonable excuse was that I had to wash the thinners off my hands after I realised the rubber washing up gloves had perforated!
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    I can report the lacquer was dissolved eventually by cellulose thinners (meths didn't do anything to the finish - it's high gloss by the way). Wilko didn't have any in store, so I found some sold in Halfords for about £4 also, if that helps anyone to know. So I'm almost finished with removing...
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    Thank you JobAndKnock, I'll follow your steps and see what results I get. I'll report back when done.
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    What grade of Webrax would you suggest I use? And should I use white spirit, or use it dry? And once I've finished stripping the coating, what is the best thing to do next? Sorry to sound like such a novice, I'm keen to learn more about this.
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    Thanks for your advice again, I'll have a go this weekend.
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    Thanks for the replies so far, I'm keen to DIY this job and it sounds like I won't ruin it by sanding it down. I'm told that P180 is the best grade to use, would this be true? Following my sanding down, should I use any pre-stain products, and what type of stain should I use? Lastly, what...
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    Restoring a cocktail cabinet myself - should I attempt it?

    I'd like some advice before I start, on whether I should tackle this myself, or not. It's a 1930's art deco cocktail cabinet, which has had its varnish deteriorate in places and I'd like to get it back to the original wood and stain and varnish it again. There are a few chips in the veneer...
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    Leaky tap - washer and seating set; does it exist?!

    Wow, I wasn't expecting another reply! I've since moved to Bournemouth so I can bring the bit with me, easier than it would have been whilst living in Shaftesbury. Thanks for the post though, one day it'll be useful again :D
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    Leaky tap - washer and seating set; does it exist?!

    Thanks. Can you recommend any good mail order companies which might be worth trying? All my local stores are clueless; perhaps this is because its a discontinued part, but a store that's been around a few years must know about them... any pointers would be very much appreciated.
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    Leaky tap - washer and seating set; does it exist?!

    Hi all, This is my first post, so firstly a hello to everyone here. My bathroom basin mixer tap leaks, I've tried fitting a thicker washer to the jumper valve end where it meets the seat but this only fixes it temporarily. I don't think that replacing the jumper valve wouldn't solve the...
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