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MinCA

10:49PM | 07/15/02
Member Since: 07/15/02
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I'm currently refinishing our beautiful (white) oak front door but it has endured many years of direct sun under cracking paint. Any suggestions on removing these unnatural looking 'sun streaks'? Sanding doesn't seem to go deep enough. I've heard bleaching isn't good for this type of wood and results can be uneven. Thanks in advance.

Iceman

11:25AM | 07/17/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Min,
What I usually do is get a small can of Tung Oil. Mix it 1/2x1/2 with mineral spirits and tint it with an oil based stain. Add a little of the stain at a time and apply it to the affected areas until it matches the rest of the door. When you achieve a match, let it dry 24 hours and coat the entire door, ( top and bottom also). Do this 3 times with a 24 hour curing period, wiping up excess after 30 or so minutes. Tung Oil is an excellent out door finish. It is also UV resistant. When finished, buff with 5/0 stell wool and polish with a soft cloth. For a higher sheen, use Johnson's Paste wax like you would on a floor. You need to add a coat every year to stop the sun bleaching.
Good Luck, Len
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