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Iggy2000

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02-19-2020 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar knots

Is this a look I’m not familiar with?
https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/3iNYC3
My son just bought a weekend home – rough sawn cedar(?) planks and beams in the family room. The knots all appear to have been skim coated with a white paste. Doesn’t seem to be water soluble (I.e., not spackle). Nor does it appear to be natural like crystallized sap. I’ve never seen anything like it but wondering if it’s a technique or design trend (old world look?) that I’m not familiar with. Any thoughts?
https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/AxRajY

-- Phil


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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 02-19-2020 08:47 PM

The only time I have seen something similar is spot-priming knots with something like KILZ on sappy woods like pine or cedar in prep for painting. Cant say whether thats the case here, but perhaps this was done before the wood was installed in the expectation that it was going to be painted, then wasnt painted.

Dont think it is a deco style.

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 09:07 PM

That ceiling was painted, and then sanded or stripped down.

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#3 posted 02-19-2020 09:11 PM

Strange thought(s):

1) Based on the directional nature of white zones, plus similar marks on beams where there is damage:
Could the white marks be marks left behind from sanding poly top coat?
If initial prep didn’t sand smooth the knots, or wood had some moisture exposure that swelled the knots, the white spots would high spots exposed with sanding. Look close for scratch marks, maybe wipe down with mineral spirits to see if they disappear?

2) Have seen unsealed pine exposed to excess amounts of water from basement leak, where the pine resin in knots literally foamed and turned white. If same as I saw; scrap with putty knife and the white stuff will fall off.

Love a good mystery.
Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 02-19-2020 10:23 PM

Maybe painted boards from an old building sanded down? Call it reclaimed and it’s worth more.

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#5 posted 02-19-2020 10:38 PM



That ceiling was painted, and then sanded or stripped down.

- shampeon

Thats what it looks like to me. Have gone house shopping and in the 80s and 90s people painted the celings as wood was “out”. Now my wife says “if we get this house can’t we just sand the paint off?” And i tell her no, i’d rather rip it all off and start from scratch. Because you’ll never get it down to bear wood.

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#6 posted 02-19-2020 10:57 PM



Maybe painted boards from an old building sanded down? Call it reclaimed and it s worth more.

- LittleShaver

You may be right. Reason I say so is because if the entire ceiling was painted previously, then you would see evidence of it between the seams of the boards, paint would be all gunked up in there and not easily removed by sanding or stripping. I dont see that in these photos. But after looking closer, I can see lots of small holes and such with paint still in them, so I agree with the “reclaimed” theory.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#7 posted 02-20-2020 01:52 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. I sat here and looked at it last night and I also found the realtor listing with photos of the furniture that was in here – rustic farmhouse, etc. I now agree with those of you who suggested they were going for the reclaimed wood look. It’s all very rough so I don’t think it was ever painted and/or sanded…...Thanks again!

-- Phil

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