Wood condition, finish, bleaching

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Wood condition, finish, bleaching

Hi everyone,

I'm restoring a child's chair and as i have repainted the metal frame, i would like to get the wood back to looking, at the very least, uniform. It spent some time outdoors in humid weather with little-to-nothing protecting it, and there are streaks/patches of gray now. I've sanded it quite a bit with a palm sander and 220-grit paper, but can't seem to even it out.

Is there a way to bleach it even, or am i looking at going down to a heavier grit paper to cut deeper? As a side note, the dark spot on the seat back is just water.

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Steve

 
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220 grit is more for the finish sanding, I would have started off with 100-120 grit.... but that won't take of the big stain I'm not very familiar with bleaching out water spots but hopefully someone that is will reply.
 
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The water spot will dry out. I'm just concerned about the gray weathering spots. They don't seem to make a coarser grit for my pal sander, so i'll have to do it the old fashioned way.
 
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If you hand sand - make sure you go with the direction of the grain! Sanding cross grain will leave scratches in the wood that will be difficult to remove and will show up in the finish if they aren't completely removed.
 
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Roger that, sir. I might check Home Depot to see if they have the 120 for my mouse, since they are a Ryobi dealer.
 
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What palm sander are you using that doesn't have sandpaper courser than 220?

I know they make a product to remove weathering from decks. Not sure what it is or hot it works, but that could be an option as well.
 
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Oxalic acid might work. I use a 50/50 bleach/water solution on the deck outside but I'd be a little leary of that on this.
 
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I think B&D mega mouse pads fit the Ryobi, and you can buy them online from Amazon w/ free shipping.
 
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I find this in a quick search: Norton No. 02707, 80 Grit Detail Sandpaper for RyobiŽ Corner Cat

Advertised as fitting the Ryobi mouse.
 
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Those Norton pads would have worked. Home Depot had the right pads and selection; Red Devil something or other specifically for the Corner Cat. I picked up some 120, and later some 80. The 80 took it down a little bit, but i ended up spraying a bleach/water mixture that my wife had around and left it to dry in the sun. That seemed to help quite a bit more with the weathering. I did both pieces so they evened out, then went back over them with the 120 and 220. A few coats of some Helmsman and it's all done.

 
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The chair looks great!

Did you rinsed the bleach/water off of the wood? Generally it's not a good idea to let bleach set on the wood for an extended period of time because bleach can destroy wood fibers..... but maybe your mixture was weak enough to not cause any damage.
 
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Thank you.

I didn't bother to rinse it off. You can barely smell the bleach from the bottle.
 
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That looks nice, thanks for the update.
 
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yeah it does. Looks like new.
 
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