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Forum topic by CabinLaw posted 07-10-2020 06:09 PM 314 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2020 06:09 PM

Hi, everyone! I recently purchased a log home that was immaculately cared-for, but the previous owners had frames on the walls for 20 or so years which blocked sun/airflow to the underlying wood. Now the area that was covered by the frames is markedly lighter than the wood around it. Photos below.

Do you have any suggestions on how to treat this?

Thank you!

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#1 posted 07-10-2020 06:32 PM

I would give it some time to see how fast the sun and air evens thing out. Maybe take a picture every 90 days or so to see if it is getting better and how fast. Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease.

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#2 posted 07-10-2020 06:45 PM

Time to buy some pictures. ;-)

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#3 posted 07-10-2020 06:49 PM

90” flat screen should cover those beautifully

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#4 posted 07-11-2020 03:31 AM

One of the joys of using pine paneling!

+1 the cure can be worse than disease.

Cleaning the wall might lighten the areas around the white spot. If the previous owners were smokers, it might help a lot.
Only UV and heat will oxidize the previously covered pine surface to match the real color. Depending on the original finish, you might be able use a water/alcohol amber dye stain to adjust the color. Do not top coat it, so you can wash it off in 5+ years when that area is getting too dark. If bare wood, pure tung oil would add some color too.

Sanding and refinishing is only method I know of that completely fixes the issue. But it is a mess, and lot of work.

+1 looks like a great place for a wall filled with big TV screens! :-)

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#5 posted 07-11-2020 04:10 AM

I’d just leave it and see what happens over time. The rest of the wood darkened, I’ll bet the covered up portions will too. The part that has light exposure shouldn’t get any darker, just the covered areas will. Eventually I’ll bet they catch up. In the meantime just live with it. It’s not that bad for awhile. I know that if a rug is put on an oak floor in front of a window it will do the same thing. Remove it and after awhile you can’t tell the difference.
The home is beautiful btw.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 07-12-2020 07:43 PM

You don’t dare stain the spots. Even if you could match the area around, it’s likely to alter go in the opposite extreme.

I have to wonder about things like oxalic acid (which has to be neutralized). You could pick up a bottle at a paint store and do a test in a tiny, out of the way area.

Usually, it is used to get rid of stains, like the rust marks from nails on a cedar fence.

Any input guys?

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