■ Q & A
What does it do? First of all, it
CLEANS. Kramer's Best Antique Improver is the ideal way to
clean off the surface build-up found on so many of the old pieces — fingerprints,
kitchen cooking grease, furnace residue, wood and coal smoke, lamp soot,
as well as wax build-up and furniture polish residue. It does
this gently — reconditioning, but not damaging, the original finish as
it cleans. As well as your antique furniture, Antique Improver
effectively cleans and restores woodwork, paneling, doors (inside and
out), floors, window sills, kitchen cupboards and much, much more.
NEW OR STRIPPED WOOD: Use Kramer's Best Antique Improver as the ONLY FINISH on stripped or new wood. If you do have to strip a piece because the original finish has been painted over, or for new, unfinished wood, this is an ideal final finish. It is similar to a hand-rubbed oil finish (without all the rubbing). On a stripped piece, the natural oils of Antique Improver are especially beneficial as they help reverse the dryness and damage caused by the stripping, restoring life to the wood.
When used as a final finish, Antique Improver lays the grain, never raising it — applied with fine steel wool, sanding many times becomes unnecessary. The Improver, as it is applied, brings up the color and enhances the natural grain and beauty of the wood. Stain, which actually masks much of that beauty, is not necessary, nor advised. The surface is left with a natural beauty that improves even more over time. As the initial application, use two or three coats depending on the type and condition of the wood. Over time, additional coats, and time to cure, will deepen the luster even more and continue to enhance the richness and beauty of the piece.
No, the wood IS NOT "sealed" totally — a really bad thing to do to wood. But, once a piece is fully conditioned with Antique Improver it is naturally protected from moisture. You will see that water just "beads up". Occasional spills are not a problem. If an area starts to show dryness from constant exposure to moisture, an additional occasional wipe of Antique Improver is all that is needed. Pieces treated, and maintained, with Kramer's Best Antique Improver are very easy to live with. And you will see them getting better with age.
RUSTY METAL: Antique Improver, is an excellent tool for cleaning off rust and preventing the rust from reoccurring. A light wipe applied with a soft cloth cleans, brightens and protects from rust. If there is already a rust build-up, steel wool can be used as the applicator (a brass-bristle brush helps where detail requires). In severe cases it may take multiple cleanings to remove the crusty rust surface, but the effort is worth it. The Antique Improver converts deep rust to a dark oxide, preventing further deterioration. The deep rich color of well-preserved old metal is restored. If the metal had an original painted finish, many times the restoration can be amazing (such as the old school desk end shown here). Work carefully and gently to be sure not to remove what original finish may remain. The Improver will stabilize and enhance what is there, blending it in with the raw areas. Sometimes the result is astounding. This school desk end amazed even us.
TOOLS & GUNS: Tool collectors, as well as
gun enthusiasts, use and recommend Antique Improver as the
ideal way to clean and restore both the metal and the wood of old tools
and guns. The piece is cleaned and beauty restored, but it is not
altered, nor value lost by coating with something not natural to the piece.
In some instances, where there is a heavy build-up or saturation of grease
or oil, pre-cleaning with Kramer's Best Blemish Clarifier is beneficial.