We have a large 100+ year old cedar plank barn that is in very good shape for its age. Our problem is that we have used the same wood (had a stack in the back of the large barn) to build a smaller barn and would like the stain and treat the outside of the of the small barn to match the large one. We have been told the large barn may have been treated with used motor oil back in the day to darken and protect the wood. That sounds like it could work, but im looking for something a little safer that would do the same type job. Any suggestions would be helpfull.... otherwise, we have to go change the oil in all our vehicles!
It will be very hard to tap into a color which is 100 years into the making. Actually, it will be impossible, because the "way back machine" doesn't do color progression aging. The best you can expect is to match the color now and either die or move before the color varies outside of acceptable parameters.
Call in a local colorist or two and get their recomendations.