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erkinator

07:14AM | 07/29/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
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I just bought a log home.I would like to clean the walls and ceilings to be ready for a clear coat or a wood wax .What would get the dust and water stains off?What would you suggest to finish it with that won`t stink up the cabin for weeks?

tomh

07:27AM | 07/29/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Just use a damp, Not Wet cloth. It will remove the dust and dirt without doing harm. If the water stains are uneven tannin bleed, a wetter cloth can be used along the whole board or log to allow the tannin to run evenly. Tannins are water soluble, and will form dark rings with a lighter interior where water has dissolved them. Evenly applying moisture, re-distributes the tannin evenly. Just work one board or log at a time, and don't unevenly wet adjacent ones.

If water stains are dark in color, oxalic acid can lighten. Use this with care, you can create more problems
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