What Type of Hardware Should You Use When Restoring an Old Trunk?


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To restore an old trunk, it is necessary to install new leather handles and end caps, using clench nails and possibly a nailing heel or sad iron to bend the nails inside the trunk. Clench nails are a type of old-fashioned nail that is soft and bends easily.

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The restoration may also require a scraper to remove old paper from the inside of the trunk, sandpaper to smooth out rough wood, a wire brush and steel wool to clean pieces of metal and hardware, and possibly a razor knife to remove any cloth or canvas from the outside of the trunk. If painting the metal pieces, it helps to use a primer first, then finish or stain the wood.

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