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Old 04-06-2009, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have posted this question under introduction and had some nice greetings, but no real responses. I thought maybe I posted it to the wrong thread, so I am trying it here.
I have a new bar that I want to make it look like old barn wood. I made the bar from white pine and have not put anything on the wood yet. I have heard there are household items that will turn white pine into the grey tones of old barnwod. I know how to do the distressing, just not how to change the color. Would love any tried suggestions. Really have not been pleased with the watered down paints or stains I have tried. Thanks!

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Use a solution of Potassium Dichromate. Garrett Wade (among others) carries it. It works particularly well on white oak, box elder and pine. It does not dye the wood, it reacts with chemicals in the wood to simulate aging.
Others have suggested strong solutions of tea or coffee rubbed in with steel wool. Still others have used a vinegar solution in which steel wool has been soaked for a couple days. I'd think though, that this would work best with a high tannin wood, like oak.
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Kay, probably the simplest is to use an "iron buff" as Gene has mentioned above. Take some 0000 ga wire wool and shred it into a jar with white vinegar (about 2 oz wool to 1 pint vinegar). After a day, you'll get a strong enough mixture for a grey colour. The longer you leave it to stand, the darker it gets. It will colour the wood without obscuring the grain. Once it's the colour you want, strain it through a paper coffee filter to get rid of the shreds of steel wool.
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Weathered Wood-how to make new wood look old,aged wood,weathered wood finish,distressed wood,antique wood,old wood,old barn wood,reclaimed wood,reclaimed barn wood,life time wood treatment, LifeTime Wood Treatment,www.weatheredwoodstain.com

Here is a good product - it works!

I also saw a posting some time ago on the "net" where the movie studios spray an acid on new wood when they build a set for old westerns etc. and 24 hours later rinse with it with water and they immediately get weathered wood. If I can find it again I'll send it.

Keep looking, I'm sure that you'll find something, maybe bobj will come up with a answer, he usually does.
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This is what i was referring to regarding making movie sets look old. it's basically what you're trying to create by soaking 0000 steel wool in white vinegar I've never had good luck with this, tou can also stain wood with strong tea and coffee, I'm sure
Bob j will confirm this.
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Here is another recent thread on the same subject.

http://www.routerforums.com/finishin...ging-wood.html
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I needed a way to do this too Thanks for the Q &A I did a mirr frame for some one & they gave me real weathered wood to use , after i shaped the edges they needed something so I mixed black tint with thinner & brushed it on it worked ok for a small edge but I didnt like it too well for larger piece.
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i have posted this question under introduction and had some nice greetings, but no real responses. I thought maybe i posted it to the wrong thread, so i am trying it here.
I have a new bar that i want to make it look like old barn wood. I made the bar from white pine and have not put anything on the wood yet. I have heard there are household items that will turn white pine into the grey tones of old barnwod. I know how to do the distressing, just not how to change the color. Would love any tried suggestions. Really have not been pleased with the watered down paints or stains i have tried. Thanks!
hi try eco wood treatment that will make your barn a nice weathered look regards nike11
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Eco wood treatment will make wood look old right away anwalt lumber has it in los angeles movie people use it on their sets regards mike11
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Today I simply diluted black aniline dye to stain some wood grey.
Did the trick.
The grey dye I tried first had too much of a blue hue to it.

Also, I looked up the eco wood treatment that the previous poster mentions and the site didn't state that it gives an aged look to wood. It said it was for wood preservation.
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