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Old 01-15-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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What can I use to bring the wood inside my Caravel back to life?

Hi everyone: The wood paneling in my '65 Caravel is not stained or particularly dirty, but it has definitely dried out and faded over the years. I'd like to hear from some of you as to the best product I can apply to the wood to restore it and bring back a little luster. Also, my stock vinyl flooring needs cleaning, so I'm looking for something that will safely handle that job, too. Many thanks, Ron
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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I used Howard's Restor-a-Finish on our '64 GlobeTrotter then have maintained it with Howard's Feed & Wax. Looks nice & smells good!

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Old 01-15-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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The woodwork in our Caravel is beyond repair and will be used for patterns only. I did mark this thread a while back -- it's a good one on refinishing.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f192...ion-15793.html

Have you posted pics?

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Old 01-15-2009, 06:16 PM   #4
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What kind of wood is this?

Wondering what kind of wood was used on the interior of the '65 Caravels. It looks like it might be mahagony. Anyone know for sure? Ron
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Mahogany, Oak & Walnut were used on mid-60's trailers.

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linseed oil, hand rub with fuzz free rag. wear gloves or hands will stink. smell clears out as dries.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:58 PM   #7
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We cleaned our wood

There was no finish on the wood in our Globetrotter. I washed it with
Murphy's Oil Soap.

It cleans and gives it a slight luster. I can see it needs to be done again.

A NO Rinse. All purpose clean. This old-time recipe cleans floors, woodwork, greasy countertops, and appliances, and even kills mildew.
AND you don't even need to rinse.

1 cup of clear ammonia
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 gallon of hot water

Mix all of the ingredients in a bucket. Then pour the solution into a hand-held spray bottle, or sponge it on straight from the pail.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:56 AM   #8
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Wondering what kind of wood was used on the interior of the '65 Caravels. It looks like it might be mahagony. Anyone know for sure? Ron
If you post a picture of it, someone can verify what you have...it's very possible it's mahogany.

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Old 01-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #9
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I used Howard's Restor-a-Finish on our '64 GlobeTrotter then have maintained it with Howard's Feed & Wax. Looks nice & smells good!

Shari
Worked pretty well for me. There's a before and after pic in this post. I do once a year now.
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Ok, I will jump in here. My father was an antique restorer, be carefull with linseed oil murphys soap. They are not the best stuff for wood and will leave a sticky mess sometimes and will collect dirt.

If you want it to come back with a shine, your best bet is a paste wax or bees wax. You can rub it on with a 0000 wire wool (be sure you go with the grain) this will clean it and put wax into the wood. Then you need to go back over it with a rag to rub it off. It will not be fast, but you will get the best finish other than refinishing it all.
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maybe I was ahead of the times..?

When I built my timberframe home I searched for a wood oil/wax to use on all the recycled wood...timbers/floors/trim/etc. I did not want a synthetic gloss but rather something which "feed" the dry wood, gave a natural oiled glow appearance and was healthy for the home. I almost used boiled linseed oil or tung oil. But then, I discovered Livos products. I am sold on them and use them in my Airstreams too. They have natural flooring too. Explore their site...I think you'll be interested.
Floorings.com - Livos Finishing Products
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I just aquired a 68 Ambassodor and the PO gave me 2 spray cans of Panel Magic. They were the original owners and this is what they were told to use. It was very popular in the 60's for paneling and works great. I did my 40's era home office that was paneled in Mahogony and it really put the oils back in it and is beautiful. It's easy to do, just spray your cloth and wipe on and buff.
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My 67 Tradewind has Oak interior, it appears to have a light stain and varnish. My interior was as dry as a popcorn fart after 40 years of desert heat. I have been jidder bugging my woodwork as I remove it. I am removeing about 75 % of the original finish. Then I am rubbing it with boiled ( I havn't a clue why its boiled) Linseed oil. I do gunstocks this way. If you rub it almost violently the oil will disappear into the wood. My woodwork is turning out quite nice. Kinda antiquie look with the remmnants of old stain. Adios, John
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Thanks, everyone.

Many thanks for all the great suggestions. Don't know which way I'm headed yet, but I love all the options. Ron
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