Wood Finish Conservation: Wilderstein Historic Site

Rhinebeck, New York

The conservation of the Wilderstein dining room wood paneling and plaster ornament involved dust and soot removal, ailed plaster ornament restoration, and repair of failed wood finishes. The latter were on part of the ceiling and were damaged by a radiator failure. Since the original finish on much of the mahogany panels and ornament was sound, it required cleaning and conservation with a cotton ball moistened with very dilute non-ionic detergent. The plaster required consolidation with an acrylic liquid and inpainting with appropriate brown reversible paints to restore its original color. The ceiling required cleaning and removal of a heavy soot layer followed by application of shellac to moderate the water stain.  Remaining cleaned areas were protected by the application of brown wax.