Can anybody give me hints at how to make cedar (or for that matter any
wood) look like its been aged outside for a few years?
I'm trying to find a stain but it just does not look right.
I'm also curious how to create a weathered texture to the surface
What do you envision the color of weathered cedar to be? The typical color I
see is a silvery grey, which eventually darkens over the years. I've seen
various brands of semi-transparent stains which can get a bit close to the
silvery grey color.
On Sun, 01 Oct 2006 12:32:48 -0600, william kossack
Age it outside without a finish? Otherwise, you might have some luck
with a thinned down pickled white finish, with a very small drip of
black pigment (something like the drop you can collect on the end of a
toothpick) mixed in to make it a little more gray. But I don't think
stain is going to get you where you're going no matter what you do-
best bet is to put it outside unfinished and bring it in for a clear
coat when it gets to where you like it.
That one, I can help with- use a wire brush to scrub the surface along
the direction of the grain. It'll put little grooves in the surface
that are similar to the effect of untreated cedar left outside for a
couple of years. Do this before treating if you want a natural
weathered look, after paint or stain if you're looking for a
Well, that depends on how big a hurry you're in, eh?
ISTR that hydrochloric (muriatic) acid will grey wood.
If you Do a Google Search (DAGS) in this newsgroup
you may find something.
You can use a wire-brush with the grain to erode it to get
the weathered texture.
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