Questions tagged [restoration]

For questions concerning methods to restore damaged or time-worn works and materials.

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Rusty axe head restoration

I have an old axe head, kind of a family heirloom, that I want to clean and restore. Given its age (approx. 60-70 years) and condition, my goal is not to make it usable as an axe, but preservation and ...
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Mug fixing with Araldite

I broke my favourite mug recently and I'm still getting over it. It broke at the side of the mug and a good chunk got broken. I got this from S America and it looks like it's made of clay and then ...
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How can I recreate/restore small text and graphics on a painted surface?

I'm refinishing an old Bausch and Lomb Stereo Microscope and I am trying to recreate the graphics and text on the body, but I am not sure of the method used during manufacture. I would like a method I ...
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Touching up the coloring on my American nylon flag [closed]

Touching up the coloring on my American, nylon flag. What is the best way to do this? Thank you.
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Repair divider in wallet

I would like to repair or strengthen the divider in my wallet as shown here. It kinda close quarters. Part of the damage is caused when I close the zipper and catch the material. Original image ...
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How do I clean dried brushes?

I have a bunch of brushes with dried paint and glue. I've tried to clean them up but they're still hard. What medium is best to restore my brushes?
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Polishing a scratched Ruby

A friend of mine has scratched her Ruby with another of the same gemstone. The scratch is little, and just on the surface. Is there any way to restore the polish? The ruby is smooth, similar to the ...
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How to repair scruffed sides of a hardback book cover?

How do you repair scruffed sides of a hardback book cover? Here is an example of what I mean:
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How to repair (sand down) the sides of a paperback book properly?

I've seen people use sandpaper to repair worn out sides of paperback books with great results. The problem I have with this is that the sides of the book puff up and I have a hard time fixing that (...
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Restoring a poster size print

I hope this question is on-topic... I will edit it if necessary. I recently bought a large second hand poster-size print. It has some slight damage to the sides and a strange stain line across one ...
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Best way to restore my old vintage wooden Cricket bat- (See description)

I own a vintage, wooden bat which I wanted to restore by myself, for myself. Some of the areas where I required help are: 1) Removing stickers and their marks: There are these old stickers on the ...
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Photo of Ruins, how to Paint it as if it is in original Time period

I found this breath-taking photograph. It is photograph of ruins of haveli (big house, mansion), in Northern India, built pre-1947 (before India split into India and Pakistan). Hasn't been lived in ...
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Is there any way to uncrush an empty toilet paper tube so that it's circular again?

I have a lot of empty toilet paper tubes, that I'm using for a project (see my previous question). However, sometimes, before I have a chance to staple them, the tubes get crushed. (I keep them in my ...
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Remove duct tape adhesive residue from fabric

I have an article of clothing that had duct tape on it at one point, but after pulling off the duct tape residue remains. I've debated buying Goo Gone but I am worried about discoloration. The ...
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Is it possible to restore the plastic on a pickguard without removing a signature on it?

I have an old flat white colored pickguard from my first guitar that I got signed by some guitarists I like with permanent marker. However, with age, the plastic has yellowed somewhat, which normally ...
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Any ways to damping metallic snap fastener domes afterwards?

I bought handmade cushion covers, but what I did not realize to expect was that at the back, they're closed with a row of half an inch wide snap fasteners, and their metallic dome backs protrude. On ...
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How to remove water-based paint?

We were painting a lantern, when someone spilled dark paint over a yellow part. The process for creating is the following: You stretch the cloth over a wooden frame. (ca 2.5m x 2.5m/ 8foot by 8 foot)...
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How to remove the yellowish color from my old drawings?

I have my old (10+ years) pencil art drawings and when I looked at them recently I notice that the paper has yellowed where it is visible. Is there a way to remove to remove the yellow tint without ...
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Correcting mold damage to paper

I have a book which acquired mold damage / coloration after a storage mishap. Under high magnification, it looks like the printed lettering is more raised (has structure / dimension) than the mold ...