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Aging White Oak8/22
I am struggling with a finish. The customer wants a ceiling of new white oak to look reclaimed. They want to see the grey's, browns, reds, yellows, and to finish with lightly burning it. Unfortunately the products that we are using....as soon as the top coat goes on we loose all the colors. Does anyone have experience in this kind of finish? Can any one recommend a top coat that will do the job?
What products are you currently using ? That entire "look" can be achieved by using oil based paints. Reduced to the consistency of a stain you would not need any top coating at all.
Since oils have a long dry time you would have plenty of time to rag/glaze/brush on a variety of colored oils to get that look.
Don't burn it last....burn it first. Just have a customer provide you with a sample of what they want. Be polite and listen to them but don't let them dictate to you how to do it.
Sporadically wave a torch over the wood first to char various areas.
Get some White oil based paint and a few different tubes of oil base colors at an art store.Thin out the oil based Paint with either Paint thinner or Naptha. Basically your making a stain out of the Paint.
Get some Burnt Umber, Raw Umber and some Black. Mix some of the colors with the Oil based Paint and thin it out with Paint thinner/Naptha/ and go for it.
Dab some color here and there, wipe it off,brush it off, rag it off. Dab on a different color here and there, wipe some off,brush some off,rag some off etc.....
This is a very simple finish, don't over think it, just have at it. The Paint is a finish all by itself so unless you really want to top coat its not necessary.
This doesn't answer your question, but might open another option. Look up 'shou sugi ban', interesting technique. Varying the level of char can give a variety of different finished looks. The clients are interested in the color spectrum yet this is for a ceiling...people generally don't stand on ladders admiring the color tones in the wood on a ceiling. Might want to focus/sell them on the bigger concept of a reclaimed look.
Thank you for your responses!! They are very helpful. The original sample was created with a torch, "Pioneer" which is like "Lifetime", and a wire brush. Unfortunately anything like Pioneer, Lifetime or the vinegar and steel wool, that I used to give the wood an aged look turns the white oak wood a "blue" color. I am getting rid of the blue color by torching it again....and wire brushing it....but then when i go to top coat it, all the silver grey disappears and it turns very dark.
Robert....Thank you for the advice. I am going to try that today!!
Try using Rubio Monocoat Fume and or Rubio Monocoat Smoke. Both are reactives that react with the tannins. They have the formula mastered so it won't turn blue. The fume gets a grayish color and the smoke gets an aged sort of look. Also, as another poster mentioned show sugi ban is another technique to get some black in there. I'm confident that you could get the look you want with the Rubio products and maybe a little wire brushing.. Their fumed can be top coated with their hardwax making for 2 toned colors.. We do grayish looks on floors all the time. Another option is Ciranova reactive stains.. Hope this helps.