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Re: Front Door

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-219.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 2/21/4 00:44

In Response To: Front Door (Holli Gribbons)

You will need to sand off or strip any old finish that remains. Next apply a few coats of oxalic acid (avaible at drug stores and paint stores) mix as much of the acid crystals into warm water as will readily disolve and brush on a several liberal coats, allow to dry between. This should remove the dark water stains, rinse off the white powder with warm water and wipe dry. Sand out as much of the defects as will easily come out and fill the remaining cracks with a good wood filler. If you wish to stain the wood dark, before finishing you will need to choose a filler that will stain or is prestained. A dark Quick Wood epoxy putty will last a long time and hold in place well in the drastic conditions you describe. Fine sand to 120 grit, before staining, with a thinned oil stain. A clear rehydration can be achived with boiled lynseed oil thined with turpentine (25% turp. added)so as to increase the penetration into the dry wood. Repeat this step with the lynseed oil or a danish oil stain, also thinned, until the wood will take no more in, about two - four coats. Wipe off each oil coat completely after thirty minutes or when the oil starts to congeal. Discard oily rags immediatly after use but be shure to soak rags well in water to remove their flamable nature. Allow the oil stain to harden for two days before applying several coats of oil base varnish, not poly or urethane whatever, as this will not hold up to the UV rays.

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