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Posted on Dark finish on trim in older homes?

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 10:53 AM

I have seen a lot of doug fir trim like yours and have tried to match it without a lot of success. I feel most of the dark coloring comes from age. I think they used varnish as a finish. Before the advent of poly finishes you could buy varnish in any hardware store but I have not seen it on the shelf for years. I remember using the stuff, it seems like it took for ever to dry, ran easily, and collected dust like a magnet. I don’t even see spar varnish in the stores anymore the last time I asked for some to coat my snowshoes with they sold me spar poly. Oh and by the way I have worked with some of those old timers 40 years ago they did not do much in a fast efficient way. I expect people say that about me now. I tell them not only am I slow I am also very inefficient.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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