sticking marks...will they fade?

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07-04-2013 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine flooring sun

I have some nice (and expensive) Carlisle wide pine flooring that has been laying around for ~10 years. There are light stripes where the wood was hidden from the light—sticking, edges, ends.

I’d love to leave it unsanded, and just put Waterlox on it and expect that with time the marks will disappear (i.e., become darker due to light exposure) and thus ‘fade’.

What do people think? I tried doing a bit of ‘feathering’ with a cabinet scraper but it is too deep for that, so either I lose a mm from the top of the whole floor and lose the nice planed finish, or I take my chances that it will become more uniform with time.

Hope someone is reading this afternoon—hoped to put down Waterlox this evening!


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#1 posted 07-04-2013 09:46 PM

Shoemaker, I wish I had the answer for you. Alas, I do not (but I’m glad I got to use alas in a sentence before I died). One thing I can say is, don’t dig the hole any deeper. The people on this forum have the knowledge you want, but it’s the 4th of July! Put off the finishing until after the weekend, give them a chance to answer. It’s to your benefit.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 10:10 PM

I have the same problem on my new deck, built with the new wood. let’s read it from all you experts. keep smiling John.

-- retired and smiling

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 11:49 PM

It will even out some. How much? Maybe it will be completely even, maybe it’ll get half way, it really depends on how much exposure it Gets.

But remember it took 10 years to fade, so it may be that long to even up.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 12:12 AM

Stick marks can be a pain to get rid of. I’ve sanded them out, (or thought I did) sanded till I could not see any with 80 grit and then moved on up with finer and finer grits. Then had them show up when I put on a finish. Drove me crazy, but at least it was a short trip !

Good luck.

-- Fredj

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 01:44 AM

I usually have light sticker stain on rough lumber. I run it through the jointer and planer, which always removes the stains. I doubt it will ever go away. If you are after a distressed look, it may work well.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 01:05 PM

Folks, thanks. I did not want to sand, and the trial I made on a scrap made it clear that I would have to get pretty deep—1-2mm—to remove the mark. And…these boards are up to 18” wide and my planer is 12” max width, as otherwise the re-planing would have been a good option. My local hardwood dealer said their planer would not do justice (knicks and knife marks). So….I took the plunge and decided to leave it and see what happens. I’ll take photos periodically and report here how it goes. Hope Lumberjocks is still around in 10 years!

I attach a photo—call it day 1.

thanks again

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 01:11 PM

my marks stayed forever. Maybe your experience will be different.

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#8 posted 07-05-2013 01:22 PM

It will become part of the complex history of this old house, I think.

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 01:25 PM

your floor has character. Nothing wrong with that!.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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