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Joe Gag
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I sided my Shop in Rough Cut Hemlock and there maybe some pine mixed in. I also have a few other out buildings sided like this, The Shop is fresh others are about a year old and they are turning gray. Around here I see Gray barns and Brownish colored barns that have alike a yellow color near the eaves, any Idea how I may be able to get the brownish color?

this link shows a barn color kind of like what I want. Thanks



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Hi Joe,

This patina is a challenge to achieve without the passage of time. I have done it with much experimentation with natural oils and some stains, (depending on the species.) One method, (does involve time,) is to allow it to gray naturally, then use one of the commercial "brightening" agents used in the log home industry. Once this is complete and any residual chemicals removed and/or oxidized, use a traditional oil treatment with a borate additive to protect from UV destabilization. I have been using a product know as "landark" for several decades to good success. Some of the nicer colored structures had been treated with oil and creosote, unfortunately that would smell really bad for some time and be of a health concern. Good luck

Regards,

Jay
 
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I am ok with it taking time, I am not in a rush, just want a nice finshed product, I have heard from the old timers about the oil, I have thought about it. never heard of creosote being used. If I let it gray can I stain it then or do i have to some how remove the gray?
 
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Good Day,

After it "grey's out" as I said before, you should "brighten" it back up. It is part of the process, then you can use oils and pigments to achiever the patina you need.

Good Luck, let me know if I can help more.

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jay
 
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