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Old 11-25-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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Customer has t&g fir ceilings that are probably 25-30 years old and have ambered with age. They would like the ceilings restored to a new fir look.
I believe there might be some sort of sealer on the existing now, because of a very slight sheen. Not sure exactly what the best way to achieve the desired look may be, but I do know it will be time consuming. Some skylights will be installed, so I will have some scraps to play with. Power sand followed by a wood bleach? Can a new look be achieved?
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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Default Hard to say w/o and eyeball on it....

Not knowing exactly what's on there now will limit the options
Not by much, as if it's either a stain, poly, shellac, or varnish it's sand the bejezus out of them and maybe wood bleach
Messy, time-consuming, and physically demanding in any form...on a ceiling, a vaulted one no less...oooph...that's gonna be excruciating

But (and it's a big but), if was oiled (or in many cases an old "just stained" wood is a good candidate), a vigorous application of WATCO's Rejuvenating Oil works wonders
Yeah it's messy, and you'll go through rags quicker than...uh...sorry, I really can't go there in this forum, but you get my drift I'm sure
Regardless of the mess, the results, with the right project, can be remarkable

In your case...it's hard to tell from here
Are they "ambered" due to oil poly or shellac, or merely age?
The answer to that question will determine your best options
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