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530 days ago

Hi all
Looking for an easy way to make new pine look gray and weathered??
Or at least a way, easy or not??


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#1 posted 530 days ago

could try lye and water, then hydrogen peroxide, it takes a bit of time but it will grey it some.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 530 days ago

If you want authenticity, bury them in some dirt wrapped in cloth for a year. I’ve actually done it so don’t laugh. I’d ask Charles Niel about it. He’s here on LJ’s.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 530 days ago

Here is a how-to over on Ana White’s site:

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#4 posted 529 days ago

I think that I’ve seen this used in a home improvement mag before to get an “aged” look on pine. I haven’t used it myself though, so I can’t vouch for its success:

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 529 days ago

Thanks for the quick responses.


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#6 posted 529 days ago

I have attached a link to a product that I have used and it will make your pine look weathered. To make it even more weathered looking you could roughly wire brush it with the grain. h

-- Sandblastguy Orangeville On. Creating Art From Nature

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#7 posted 529 days ago

yea , ask me, LOL

#1 take some steel wood , old bolts , nuts anything steel, ( no galvinized) put a couple of pads and the nuts and bolts in a glass jar and fill it with vinegar, leave it a couple of days, when ithe solution looks blackish its ready , it will add a darker grey color to the pine, be sure to experiment with the dilution, as it can make it pretty dark quick. If it isnt reacting then do the green tea solution below first.You can kick the reaction to be stronger and quicker by adding about a teaspoon full of muratic acid, to a quart ,but please use caution, I just let the vinegar do the work, much safer.

here is another alternative

#2 option, get some ferrous sulfate aka iron vitiamin supplement ( read for the higest content of ferrous sulfate), any drug store will have it ,( ask which has the higest content) dissolve 5 or 6 tablets in some water.Next brew you up some green tea, really strong, I use about 4 or 5 bags to a pint . apply the green tea this adds tannin to the pine, then when dry wipe with the ferrous sulfate solution and it will give you a grey. Experiment a little, with your concentrations and you can get what you want.

If you dont use the acid both are water soluable and quite safe .

A good wire brushing with the grain can add some texture, if you have yellow pine sand blasting works super well, it gives a super weathered look.

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#8 posted 529 days ago

I agree with the vinegar and steel wool mixture. Just tried it last week. It’s amazing how well it looks. I tried it on pine and cedar. Worked well on both.

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#9 posted 528 days ago

Lots of good ideas above to make it look old and weathered.

Sandblasting can be used to give it a weathered texture.

-- Steve

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#10 posted 528 days ago

Thanks again
I will try some of these and let you know how it works out.


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#11 posted 528 days ago

You might be looking for a weathering/bleaching stain or oil. When I worked as a house painter years ago we called it Cape Cod stain. It would turn cedar shakes a nice even gray in a few weeks. It was popular on additions because it would match the original siding pretty quickly. This might be it. -Jack

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#13 posted 525 days ago

Propane torch burn the surface. File brush off all the char. Do a quick but random pressured pass over the wood with a grinder wheel (sawmill effect), then 100 grit scuff sand. Leave outside after rain and sun with some dirt rubbed in. Then a quick sandblast to the areas between the grain lines. Quick 120 grit scuff sand. Steel wool/vinegar stain for the finale. You could mix up the first 6 steps and see what works best.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#14 posted 464 days ago

I’m about to try the vinegar steel wool trick again,the last time it left a very light black color which could have easily been achieved with diluted Ebony stain in fraction of the time,but my mixture was not as dark as it should have been which is probably why the first experiment failed.
I’m anxious to try this new minwax #271(Classic Grey) ,although it looks fake Grey from the pics.

Here’s a link I found which shows all the techniques mentioned here plus a few pics to boot:

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#15 posted 464 days ago

Thinned out gray milk paint works as well.

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