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Forum topic by groygroy posted 03-22-2017 03:50 AM 532 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2017 03:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: grey finish finishing ash ash wood stain staining uv protection

Hi Folks,

I just got a request for a table and an end-grain bar to match a greyish color scheme. I have a ready supply of ash, but have never had the challenge of encouraging it to go down the grey scale or keeping it protected (I usually just let it alone with linseed or tung oil and it yellows over time due to UV exposure, I think).

These folks want it light grey, and would prefer it to age to dark grey or stay light grey if possible. How would you go about doing that? I assume I’m going to want a UV protectant finish (does anyone have any products they like?). Other than that, I’m open to suggestions about how to keep the wood color lighter and greyer than normal. I am open to changing my wood selection, but would rather not do that if possible.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 12:51 PM

It’d go with stain or “pickling” for the color. Letting it weather is a real crap shoot to get the color you are looking for.

Try using some gray paint on a scrap and immediately wipe it off.

Also, I stained some ponderosa pine with a walnut stain and let it dry thoroughly. Then I put on a dark green paint and wiped it off immediately. You might find a good compliment to their existing color scheme.

I also use this method to make “weathered” picture frames. Spatters of black, white, or a darker shade of gray will add realism to your pallet.

-- Dale

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