Linseed Oil Over Old Dry Oil Based Finishes?
The interior of our home has beautiful mahogany stairs and railings that were finished with some sort of oil base product in 1976 (this is a Deck House, if anyone out there knows of these). Also we have ash interior doors with some kind of stain and mahogany sills and base trim. All of these things have some kind of oil based finish, and all of them look very dry now. Lemon oil furniture polish soaks right in and looks nice, but only briefly before looking dry again. Can I apply linseed oil and expect it will soak in also? I keep reading that linseed oil should not be applied over finishes or it will be gummy. I just want something that is effective at bringing back the beauty of the wood without being too complicated or disruptive. Thanks very much for your help!