How to Renew Aging Wood How to Renew Aging Wood

What You'll Need
Protective clothing and shoes
Rubber gloves
Safety goggles
Head cover
Scrub brush
4 inch to 6 inch paint brush
Paint roller and tray
Power washer (optional)
Wood stain
Sheet type protective coverings

Renewing Aging Wood can be a very rewarding experience. Aging wood has a certain homey feeling of warmth but there is a fine line between a warm finished look and a plain damaged look. You will want to bring out the natural silvery hue that accompanies the most appealing aged wood appearance. Wood ages naturally due to moisture and ultraviolet rays. There are a few factors that play into the specifics of your project.

Consider the type of wood you are renewing, do you want a color or natural finish. What prior protective coatings have been used? These play a part in the products you purchase for this project. However, there are only 4 basics steps you will need to follow to have a wonderful rejuvenated look for your aging wood. It is best to use a power washer but not necessary.

Step 1 – Preparation

Put on your protective clothing and assemble your tools and cleaning products.Remove any objects in the general area of the wood you will be renewing. Use the plastic protective sheets to carefully cover any items you cannot remove from the work area. If you are using a power washer, now is the time to connect the garden hose and the spray hose to the machine. Turn the water on. Make sure to squeeze the trigger until water squirts out before turning on the machine.

Step 2 – Clean the Wood

Using a scrub brush or power washer and wood cleaner, remove mildew stains, embedded dirt and graying wood skin. Scrub or spray with the grain of the wood. Do not use heavy pressure. Make sure to choose a cleaner that does not bleach or yellow. Some cleaners will also remove any remaining mill glaze which is often applied to new wood.

Step 3 – Stripping

Use a quality stripper for your specific type of wood. Apply it evenly with the grain of the wood. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and safety. If you are using a power washer you may not need to follow this step. The power washer will not only clean the wood it will strip it as well. However, you will want to use this procedure to remove any areas the power washer missed.

Step 4 – Refinish

Allow the wood to dry at least 24 hours, preferably 48 hours. Use wood glue for any areas in need of repair. Your stain can be applied at this point. Again, go with the grain to insure even coating. You will apply the stain with the roller. Use the brush to work the stain into the wood. Allow to dry according to the directions. If your stain does not contain a sealer you will need to apply a sealer now. If you decide not to stain you should still apply a clear protective coat of sealant.

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