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Forum topic by Roger Strautman posted 09-02-2007 01:04 PM 2198 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Roger Strautman

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09-02-2007 01:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cleaner raw wood

Ok people out there I am looking for a cleaner that I can use on raw wood that will clean off typical dirt and grime that accumulates during the handling of a project. More or less the dirt I am talking about is the oil from your hands and pencil marks. I have used an eraser but that doesn’t always get marks and oils out of the grain.

I was told several years ago that there was a product on the market that did clean the wood but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

Does anyone have any other means to clean the wood?

Thanks for the help!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 09-02-2007 03:12 PM

Morning Roger. I assume you’ve tried, laquar thinner, mineral spirits and denatured alcohol. I also have acetone that I use to clean laminate and a tuoloene(SP) based thinner for Barge contact cement ( for leather). There is an art eraser called a kneady eraser but you already know about those. I think I’ve about run out of notions here. I probably wouldn’t try Murphy’s Oil soap as it might stain. Sorry Roger, that’s all I can come up with.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-02-2007 05:10 PM

Roger, I wonder if some citrus based cleaner would do the trick…..just something to throw out there.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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Don Niermann

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#3 posted 09-03-2007 02:36 AM

Try TSP from Home Depot or any hardware store.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#4 posted 09-03-2007 04:41 PM

I limit myself to what Thos. said. I would not use TSP or a citrus cleaner on any unfinished wood.
You might want to experiment and give us your thoughts on the results.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 04:39 PM

Hi, first post here. Sawdust2, I was wondering what your reasons are for not recommending TSP? I use a lot of barn wood in my work and I have always initially cleaned it with TSP prior to cutting and sanding, etc. I haven’t noticed any negative results, but then again maybe I don’t know what I’m looking for. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-- mike, wisconsin,

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