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Redwood restoration/finishing/maintenance

Postby classic form » Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:01 pm

I pose this question to anyone that has experience with redwood T & G. What have you done to your redwood ceilings or walls during restoration to protect them or finish them? Have you used wax or oil or...? Has anyone here sanded and refinished? What about cleaning hand dirt and oils? What type of finish do you recommend for kitchens? I have looked at the California redwood associations web site but would like some real world input. Anyone? Somebody hep me!
http://www.calredwood.org/ref/pdf/intfinish.pdf

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Postby Jamal » Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:24 pm

our house has been painted and solid stained over for many years. there is redwood underneath. so i decided i would try to strip a grate cover that hides the gas meter (visions of grandeur: if it went well - we could strip the entire house and recover the redwood T&G siding...)

after a couple of hours of stripper - MUCH sanding was still required to get the stain/paint off. It was very rough on the wood. But it was beautiful. I just couldn't imagine doing that to the old house....

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Postby SDR » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:17 pm

I really wish I knew the answer to this question. It seems like it would be a much-needed piece of information and advice. I'm an (interior) woodworker, yet I don't have the first notion of the proper reply, perhaps because redwood has come to be a mostly exterior material, now. [In that application, it can be expected to turn darker and darker over time; old redwood-sided buildings, in Mill Valley, for instance, can look almost black where fully exposed to sun and rain over many decades.]

Interior softwoods which have never been finished, or are at least quite "dry," could be sanded -- by hand, with perhaps 150 grit paper on a padded block, in the direction of the grain only -- to refresh them, after which any of the substances mentioned could conceivably be used. Wood which already has a noticable surface coat can be refreshed with some of the same substances, making the color a little darker and richer -- the same, used on raw wood, will require much more product and will turn color much more noticably. And, any finish on wood will resist soiling more than raw wood, and (often) make cleaning it easier.

Well, that's something. Now -- what are the benefits of particular finishes, on redwood ?

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Postby SDR » Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:10 am

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Postby SDR » Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:26 am

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Postby SDR » Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:45 pm

I'm just crazy enough to set up a bevel cutter on a smallish router (using a fence rather than a bearing guide, to assure a smooth new bevel) and trim all the paint off at x inches a minute. . . Wear a dust mask (at the least !) if you do this -- and not in the living room ! If the paint is lead-bearing, better let a pro handle this operation, too.

We'll save that cedar yet !

As for Classicform's original post (remember that ?) he asked first about "protecting [his wood]. . . during restoration"; if that means protecting it in place, the best way I've seen is to mask it with butcher's paper and wide blue painter's tape (which is much less likely to leave residue or otherwise damage fine surfaces). Or wasn't that the question ?

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