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Should I bleach unfinished SPF lumber to remove stains?(solved)

by artislee
posted 07-11-2017 08:59 AM

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 04:47 AM

Hi Artislee,

I didn’t recognize the term SPF and looked it up to find it stands for “Spruce Pine Fir” which covers several species of wood and different behaviors (of the wood, not the craftsman). My first question back to you would be to ask how “fancy” this tabletop is intended – formal dining room, picnic, or somewhere in-between?

Since all of them are soft woods, I have no opinion on the stain itself, but I’m wary of using an epoxy finish on a soft wood for fear that any indentation would break the finish since it wouldn’t have strong backing. I like epoxy finishes, but have found them somewhat brittle and better suited to materials which can support them.

What is the intended purpose of the table? That may shed some light on the problem.



-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 04:53 AM

Stain will cover a lot of minor color variations
in lumber. I doubt anyone but you would
notice stains in the pine underneath.

It may be cheaper to rip out and replace the
stained sections than buy the bleaching
chemicals and safety gear.

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 08:50 AM

Thanks for the replies
Bob it was for a fire pit table that I was making and thus far I havent had any problems with the epoxy on the soft wood but it has only been two weekends(table is at a cabin by a large lake near me,used for partying and what not) so the epoxy being brittle is one of many problems I forsee. LOL

Loren thanks for the advice, I had only read about bleaching a little bit and didnt realize the materials and safety gear were a bit pricey. So thanks again.

-- "Woodworking is cheaper than therapy!"

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