Asked on May 18, 2013

How to clean and preserve that aged chipped paint on wood?

Donna M
by Donna M
I've come across some of that really "nice" wood that has been painted and is now chipped and wonderful!! But how do you clean it without knocking off the chipping, and then preserve it? Thanks!!
  4 answers
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 18, 2013
    Hi! Here is the method I've used for years from being in the Antique/Collectable World. I use a cotton cloth with nothing on it, unless the piece is really dirty. Yours doesn't sound like it is. So..Wipe with the cotton cloth, reaching every section. Then use a VERY VERY fine steel wool and GENTLY go over the entire piece. Wipe again with the cotton cloth. Then apply BriWax. It's a natural product that doesn't 'yellow'. It comes in a variety of tints. Once you've applied the BriWax, then buff with a cotton cloth. Your piece will still have that "Chippy" paint, and it will feel like silk! Here is the link to their site:
  • Donna M Donna M on May 19, 2013
    Thanks Sia!! I'll definately give this a try and see how it goes -
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 20, 2013
    @Donna M Great! Can't wait to see your lovely project when done! xo
  • Gay21645372 Gay21645372 on Mar 09, 2017

    can you do the same with chippy painted old shutters that has lead in them?