I’m trying to refurbish an old trunk my wife’s family has had since coming to California in a covered wagon in the mid-1800’s. At some point in its history, someone painted it with some truly evil, tobacco-brown paint. It must have been surplus paint from the battleship yards at the turn of the century, because this stuff is tough! They painted the whole trunk with it; wood, metal and leather. Jasco doesn’t even phase it. A muleskinner just gives it a nice glossy finish. Coarse grit sandpaper does cut thru it, but puts deep scratches in the metal. Any ideas on how to best attack this bitter legacy of our forefathers without inflicting too much damage on the trunk?
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