To restore, or not to restore?

While reading through the March 3 galleys, I was surprised to find that Restor-A-Finish has been around for 40 years. Four decades. Wow. Just think of all the pieces this product has touched.

[CLICK HERE to read Restor-A-Finish relaunched for 40th anniversary]

Notice I didn’t say “improved,” as I believe that word is subjective.

Personally, I have used Restor-A-Finish and have been very happy with the results. No, they didn’t pay me to say that. But I will disclose that the Howard Company, the maker of the product, is a frequent advertiser in Antique Trader.

But I got to thinking and wondering about the Antique Trader readers’ views of re-touching and restoring, which led to this week’s Antique Trader Question of the Week:

What are your personal views on antique restoration? Do you feel a touch-up here and there makes a piece all the better? Or should antiques be left all-original, all the time?

Send your replies to or to Letters to the Editor, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945.

— Posted by Karen Knapstein


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