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joshik 10-14-2012 11:35 PM

giving wood the grey aged look
hey all. so ive been working on my coffee table project for a while now.

i want to age the wood so that it turns grey. i heard soaking 00000 steel wool in white vinegar makes a nice solution to turn the wood grey.

ive been soaking the steel wool in the vinegar for 2 days and the wool is pretty much intact and the vinegar still clear. i used distilled white vinegar... would that make a difference?


Ishande 10-15-2012 12:53 AM

Did you try this yet. I have never seen it done with vinegar. What type of wood is this made out of?

joshik 10-15-2012 12:54 AM

i havent used it yet. i just read a bunch of posts talking about steel wool and vinegar.

it is redwood from sold old picnic tables that i had.

i actually found a product called Eco Wood that will age wood to a nice grey.

ToolSeeker 10-15-2012 09:43 AM

would not a gray semi transparent stain work it would be gray and you would still have the wood grain? There are a lot of guys on here more experienced with stain than I am so i'm sure they will have an answer.

bbo 10-15-2012 09:49 AM

found a link that also has tea as an ingredient.

let steel wool and vinegar sit for a day.

brush tea solution on wood.

let dry

brush sw/Vinegar solution on wood.

let us know if this works.

Brushjockey 10-15-2012 03:02 PM

Someone- I think Cabots- has a greying solution. Been a long time since I used it.

user1007 10-15-2012 05:14 PM


Originally Posted by Brushjockey (Post 1031376)
Someone- I think Cabots- has a greying solution. Been a long time since I used it.

Indeed it does and I posted about last week or so. I will see if I can find it again and post an image of the can. It is called Bleaching Stain or Bleaching Oil and greys wood (cannot remember). It also has a minor amount of grey pigment in it. I used to use it on redwood fencing in N California when clients wanted an accelerated look or to blend in for sprinkler overspray damage before applying a semi-transparent stain.

Found it. It looks like it runs $43/gallon retail. You can probably look online for a formula to make your own cheaper?

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