Old 02-13-04, 11:22 AM
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I installed a lam-beam that I want to leave with a natural. clear finish using water base varathane. However, there are a couple spots that are bleeding pitch that have discolored the wood. I know shellac is best to seal these spots, but what can I do to remove the pitch and decolorize the spot?
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sorry for no help here,but i do not know what bleeding pitch means,ive never heard that said before.maybe after understanding, i or we could give a better response.
Old 02-14-04, 08:19 AM
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Bleeding Pitch

I just mean a film of pitch continues to bleed or ooze from a particular member that was glued into these laminated beams.
Old 02-14-04, 02:53 PM
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I would try to clean off the pitch with laquer thinner. Try on a real small spot to see if it work before applying it heavily. You might need to use some wood bleach on the spots to lighten them up.

And if you have oozing pitch, I wouldn't consider water base anything an option. I would use varnish or shellac.

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