06:45PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/05/04
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Can anyone tell me how to find out what finish is presently on the knotty pine paneling in a home we're about to buy. It's a beautiful room but I don't know where to begin on the walls. Is it minwax? shellac? tung oil? It needs something to cover up the scuff marks, etc. it's gotten over the years. Thanks!


08:50PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
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Without seeing it im guesing it is either a varnish,poly,or lacqueor.

I would lightly sand it with 220 grit sandpaper (rubbing it once down and once back then move on to a different spot) you aren't trying to take off material just smooth down the high spots and scuf it for the new stuf you want to apply so it has a good etch to hold to.

Then either spray on a lacqureor,or brush on a quick dry varnish.

I like quick drying clears because it eliminates the ability for runs to form.

I would use a satin finish and you should only need 1 coat because it prolly already has a few on them.


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