Water Stains on unfinished hardwood lumber

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Blog entry by Italo78 posted 01-26-2019 12:05 PM 827 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I need a little advice on what to do with water stained lumber. I had a flood in my basment and some of my beautiful hardwood lumber (Purple Heart, maple, cherry, oak, poplar, and walnut) which was lying flat on the ground absorbed a lot of water and left stains on the unfinished wood. Any suggestions on what to do? I would hate to make firewood out of Purple Heart.


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-26-2019 01:25 PM

Purple heart is used in boat building. My guess is that the stains are surface only. Try sanding off a small area and see. I think you’ll be ok

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 01-26-2019 01:40 PM

+1 on sanding. It should get rid of the stains.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 01-30-2019 01:14 AM

As a last ditch effort, you can rewet the area with a damp cloth, working the water into the stain, and “move” it out and thin the stain out. I have done that on cherry wood and it works, but you can’t leave the cloth on the wood without moving it and cleaning it. You will need to dry out the damp area when done all with clean white cloth. I have seen that done with an iron and low heat to remove or lessen the stain effect. You should first try as suggested above, sanding out the area to see how deep it goes.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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