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Forum topic by bradleyheathhays posted 04-17-2021 07:18 AM 597 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bradleyheathhays

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04-17-2021 07:18 AM

I have this barrel top that I’d like to clean up for a project. Wood guy that I got it from said to just use water and a wire brush but I’d like to take better care of it than that. The white specs aren’t actually there; photo anomaly or something. What kind of cleaner would go well with a nylon brush to clean things up here?

-- 'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later.' ~ Mark Twain


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#1 posted 04-17-2021 11:50 AM

Start with water and brush. Then move up to adding some soap. How aggressive you get depends largely on what you’re going for.

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 12:02 PM

Looks like oak so the black is from tannins in the wood. As Sawdust said depends on how clean you want it. A weak oxalic acid solution, coarse brush and muscle will clean up the black and maybe lighten the aged appearance a little. You’re right to use a plastic bristle brush. Keep wire brushes away.

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bradleyheathhays

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#3 posted 04-17-2021 08:19 PM

Yes thanks for the advice. I forgot to mention this is a bourbon barrel lid and I want to keep whatever color was imparted by the bourbon, so I better stay away from anything like oxalic acid. Insofar as how far I’d like to go, really just getting the black off would be good enough.

Otherwise I’ve had 50/50 bleach solution with dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and TSP recommended. Any ideas on these?

-- 'If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens twenty years later.' ~ Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-22-2021 06:43 PM

I agree with Jeff, I’d go down the mildly acidic route possibtl with vinegar

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