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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 10-23-2010 10:06 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2010 10:06 PM

(With apologies to Raftermonkey’s thread today)
I often see the ends of milled lumber spray-painted with various colors of spray paint. Usually, and most often, I see medium blue, red, orange, and mint green. A lot of my lumber is up in the racks with the spray-painted ends showing. BUT....most of my red oak is blue, some is orange. Most of my hard white maple is mint green or dark brown, but I also have some poplar and ash painted that same mint green color.
Do I just ignore this color coding, for not making sense to me? Do the colors mean anything at all? Might it be for grading, rather than species? Help!

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 10:14 PM

i always thought the “paint” was just sealer to keep the log from checking while it dries before it’s cut into lumber.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 10:55 PM

Many years ago I worked in a lumberyard. I don’t know if it is still the same, but back then the end of a bunk of lumber was spray painted to indicate its offload point. In other words, an 18-wheeler leaving the mill might be delivering to three different yards. Each stop would be painted a different color on the ends to make it easy for the forklift driver to know which bunks to unload.

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 12:50 PM

This is not a dumb question at all. I brought the same thing up in conversation the last time I bought some hardwood. My supplier’s response was that the color had nothing to do with the wood, itself. Charlie’s comment about it being a shipping code is on target, as usual.

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 12:56 PM

In South Africa, we used whatever paint was on special.

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