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Hi everyone,I would like to know if anyone knows an easy way to distress and weather new wood to look like the gray wood?:
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Anyone know best way to distress and weather new wood to old gray wood?
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welecome to the forum lorraine. sorry, but i don't have an answer for you.

i actually have the same question because i have a few broken slats on my fence that i would like to replace, but i want them to fit in with the rest of the fence.
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but i want them to fit in with the rest of the fence.
Sorry but not going to happen. Why? You could get a new picket and finish it to match the rest of the fence. How do you match natural aging after that?

The only way I can think of is if there is a local fence with a similar history, you might have a chance.

But I would also like to hear from those that know.

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Hi 'n welcome.

Move another existing weathered board into the conspicuous gap and put the conspicuously new boad behind a shrub, where it can't be seen.

But, like japa62 said, it is dificult to prematurely age timber.

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welecome to the forum lorraine. sorry, but i don't have an answer for you.

i actually have the same question because i have a few broken slats on my fence that i would like to replace, but i want them to fit in with the rest of the fence.
I just replaced some of the pickets in my stackade fence and faced the same problem. When I was at the cedar fence dealer I found he has aged pickets alll over in his yard. He let me pick up as many as I wanted (he can't normally sell them). I paid him $8/dozen and he was pleased to get rid of them.
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That's actually a brilliant solution, Gary.
I mentioned finding a new independent sawyer, a couple of days ago. When I was up there I asked him about a large stack of gently weathered D. Fir and Cedar mixed, rough sawn, all dimensions. His comment was that I just needed to let him know what I was looking for... Did I mention that a lot of it was clear and quarter sawn?
(Forgot to check on prices)
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Nothing is a perfect match to natural aging but here is a trick I tried to accelerate the aging process: I lightly heated the wood's surface with a propane torch to help dry it out. This will cause it to darken slightly. Lightly mist some water on the surface, not enough to wet it and let it sit out in the sun for a week. It will not match up with weathered wood but it is a rapid start to the process and will not look like new wood.

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I'd forgotten about H2O2; the article at the bottom link mentioned it. Don't waste your money with the 3.5% solution sold by the drugstores, go to a hydroponic grow shop and pick up the 30% stuff...about $28CDN for 4 liters.
(the stuff is a fantastic garden supplement and fungicide, diluted to 1.5%)
Ways to use Hydrogen Peroxide in the Garden
And here's the bleaching article:
Get the Color Out With Wood Bleach
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One last comment, here's a really good explanation of what's available...
USING WOOD BLEACH
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