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HillWilly

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547 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: finish patina barn boards

Hi everybody. I’m not an experienced woodworker but I have been watching and bookmarking my own project library for a long time. I am thinking on some projects with old barn wood but I am looking for a way to faux finish the ripped or crosscut edge to match. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann


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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 547 days ago

i’ve not tried it yet,soak steel wool in vinegar and apply it and that will turn it gray-ish.some of the more experienced on the site should tell more details or if it truly works.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Goaliedad

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#2 posted 547 days ago

I used barnwood yo finish a room once. I tried different stains to blend the cut edges but had the best luvk with rattle cans of primer- black and gray. Lightly spray alternating the colors. Spray from the back to avoid getting sny on the showing surface. Practice on scraps first

-- Denny

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 547 days ago

Wire brushing those cut edges tends to hide the fact that they have been recently milled.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Nowa

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#4 posted 539 days ago

i’ve tried (A) soaking steel wool in vinegar, (B) coffee, (C) tea, (D) ammonia and applying each after roughing up the wood with a wire brush. (do not combine them…)

Depending on the type of wood, I got different results. Oak reacts more with the ammonia & tea because of the tannins. Each come out with a slightly different color.

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Austons_Garage

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#5 posted 525 days ago

Ummm I hesitate to suggest this but I’ve done it before.
Muriatic Acid will give pine at least that old grey patina. It’s nasty stuff though and would rank at the bottom of the things I would try if I was youse.

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Lee Barker

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#6 posted 525 days ago

White vinegar and steel wool worked for me on this project.

The old boards were softwood, probably fir. The results were very convincing.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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HillWilly

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#7 posted 524 days ago

Hey everybody. Thanx for all the suggestions. I haven’t been able to try them yet because of some recent devastating financial news. LJ is truly an amazing and interesting place to be.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#8 posted 523 days ago

I have used powdered graphite mixed in mineral spirits, to make a paste, to match the graying of long leaf pine perfectly.

-- Who is John Galt?

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