What is the best way to weather wood artificially?
We are finishing the south side of this barn with red cedar planks reclaimed from a house where they have been in use for close to 50 years. We are using the back side of the 5.5" T&G boards (running the T&G sides~ mostly mashed from removing the boards through the table saw) ~ the unfinished boards look raw compared to the aged fir boards on the other three sides (see image) I have been looking at artificial (instant) weathering. I have come across the Vinegar+Steel wool and the Ferrous Sulphate solutions to at least get the wood looking gray and then allowing it to age naturally. We don't need to consider a protective coat (on account of our climate) and welcome uneven coloration. Budget is a consideration. We did test ebony stain and were not happy with the results. Any suggestions will be appreciated?
Posted Jun 8, 2014 10:32 AM ET
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