How can I lighten previously stained wood?


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Old 10-30-04, 07:43 PM
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How can I lighten previously stained wood?

We just purchased a home that is well over 100 years old. The living room has knotty pine paneling in it but it has darkened considerably over the years. There is one section that had something mounted to the wall that shows the original light color. Is there any product available that will remove the darker aged color and return it to its original beautiful light color?
 
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Old 10-31-04, 06:59 PM
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Pine darkens naturally from exposure to light. To lighten the color, strip the finish and start from scratch.

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Old 11-02-04, 06:09 PM
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Bleach product available?

Chris,
Thanks for the response. Almost everyone has said that we will have to strip the original finish. However, we spoke to a gentleman tonight at a paint store that said there is are two bleach products available that you mix half of each and it may lighten the color but he wasn't aware of where to purchase them. Are you aware of these and where we may buy them?
 
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Old 11-02-04, 08:48 PM
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Bleach will lighten the wood, only after it is stripped. There are three: sodium hypochlorite - similar to household bleach, oxalic acid - wood bleach, and peroxide.

Chlorine bleach is quite potent. Oxalic acid will lighten the wood progressively based upon exposure time. It is much safer to use and easier to control. After you have bleached the pine, it will still darken over time due to exposure to light.

Once you strip the wood, you will see if the resulting color is uniform or not. If not, then you can try to balance the color by bleaching with wood bleach. Here are some articles:

http://www.woodzone.com/articles/wood_bleach.htm

http://www.assoc-restorers.com/r-art...od_bleach.html

Hope this helps.
 
 

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