I live in a 160 year old post and beam house. The beams are exposed in some
rooms. This would be great, except it looks like someone in the past was
sloppy with the paint. There is an annoying amount of white paint on the
beams which kind of spoils it.
Is there any way to remove the paint without damaging the gray patina of the
beam? It seems like anything I could try (sanding, etc.) would mess it up.
The most over used words "Patina" - "Do you have any idea how much it is
worth? and finally "I have no idea!!
"God! do I ever hate the -- "antique's road show" and Regis Philbin -
"That's my final answer!
If there's paint on the beam then,.... I guess you don't have a patina do
you ? The beam will not be the same tone,color,"patina" under the paint
since it isn't and wasn't exposed to the same humidity,light,air and time.
There are no set rules for removing paint, I would utilize whatever means in
the shop, spoke shave, palm plane,exacto knife, sandpaper even small amounts
of paint stripper on an artist brush and removed with steel wool. The only
trick to paint removal is to stay as close as you can to the surface
without marring or raising the grain. Every situation is different so use
whatever works best for you. If this is a labor of love, then take your time
and enjoy. To refinish : make years fly by add a "graying" effect or speed
up time and "patina", Add a few table spoons of baking soda to a quart
container of warm tap water. Brush on let dry,repeat until you reach a
desired "patina".You will probably have to wait a few days to see results.
If it were up to me, I would start in a less conspicuous are first to see if
I would be satisfied with the results.
I doubt that. The picture would merely be resting against the surface and
there'd still be airflow around the back between the frame and the beam.
Also, after 160 years, the patina would be pretty much developed and
probably wouldn't change much over the course of another hundred years or
so, much less two months.
Your wood beam is a natural product, and variations in surface and
color should not be considered a defect. If the paint bugs you, just
scrape it off. yes, the wood under it will look different. It's wood.
It's 160 years old. It SHOULD have blemishes.
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