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daluu 04-26-2012 07:39 PM

Fixing stains on wooden walls?
 
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Take a look at the referenced photos. It's a wall of an old mobile home, not easily detacheable, and has some past moisture stain where it meets the floor.

I was wondering, what are the best remedies to beautify this? Try scrubbing off the stain (if at all possible, using what?)? Putting white standard drywall baseboard, or vinyl sanitary wall base over it? Replace the whole walls with drywall or place drywall over the existing wall (though not econonical unless doing home remodel)? Stain the wooden walls with dark stain that would hide the moisture stain? Or best leave wall as is if you can live with it?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w40v2161bzfuqcp/stains2.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/eqvngoomjhpxr89/stains1.jpg

Thanks for any input on this. Frankly would be easier if the walls were just drywall.

joecaption 04-26-2012 08:01 PM

Not worth spending a whole lot of time and money on. You could prime and paint the whole wall,
Or just add 5-1/4 base board. Problum is it may not cover all the stain.

daluu 04-26-2012 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 908443)
Not worth spending a whole lot of time and money on. You could prime and paint the whole wall,
Or just add 5-1/4 base board. Problum is it may not cover all the stain.

most of the stains aren't that high, so baseboard should hopefully cover it. Vinyl wall base would definitely cover it, but as I've learned on forums here, people don't desire that.

Yea, could prime (and stainblock) then paint the walls too. But for wooden walls like that, is it better to paint it a color or stain it? I don't know if it looks good if you paint it, but not sure. Perhaps I'll take a photo of the whole wall for better assessment.

joecaption 04-26-2012 09:02 PM

It can not be stained, it's not even real wood paneling.

Gymschu 04-27-2012 07:14 AM

Those stains are caused by water that has wicked its' way up from the bottom. I agree with Joe on this one. Some base trim will cover that and solve the problem of having to paint the paneling. You might want to check about how that water got there. Is there moisture in that room? Did a pipe burst and flood the area? This could be an outside wall with no vapor barrier and condensation is occurring and the moisture is finding its' way to the bottom of the wall where it gets sucked up into the paneling. I would do some investigating first before doing too much. If you put the base trim on, you may end up with stains on that as well.

joecaption 04-27-2012 01:17 PM

It's common in a mobil home to see these stains under windows caused from cheap aluminum windows condencing.
In the area where an addition was added from poor sealing.

daluu 04-27-2012 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 908904)
It's common in a mobil home to see these stains under windows caused from cheap aluminum windows condencing.
In the area where an addition was added from poor sealing.

Thanks for the insight Joe and Gymschu. That's likely the case of poor insulation. I see it along walls that face the home's exterior (on the other side). Don't really see for ones facing inside only. And those walls are usually blocked by furniture allowing cold/warm air to stay around the area than to disburse with the rest of the air in the room.

daluu 05-01-2012 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 908497)
It can not be stained, it's not even real wood paneling.

Just wondering, if it's not real wood (paneling) then what material is it?


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