Lynse

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  1. Good Morning! Since you were all so generous with your advice and time, I wanted to share the outcome of my crisis with all of you kind folks. What eventually worked to remove the gray crusted blotches on my ash mantle was this process...CitriStrip applied with an abrasive pad and/or toothbrush, After Wash applied with an abrasive pad and/or toothbrush, Mineral Spirits (with days of drying time) and then Minwax Wipe On Poly (3 coats). It is beautiful in the end! Thank you for helping me problem solve my dilemma. I greatly appreciate your efforts!
  2. Good to know! Thanks for the details since I’m a novice. I won’t be able to tackle this project for a few weeks now. But, I’ll keep you posted!
  3. I’ll give it a shot once I can locate a heat gun. Thanks Tom!
  4. Ugh! I will certainly trial it on a small portion before moving forward with the entire textured face of the mantle. It appears that there are no easy fixes! Sheesh. Thanks Ace!
  5. K Cooper, Mark J and Byrdie...thank you for your concern & helping in my dilemma! I’m open to any suggestions. I’ll keep you posted if it gets figured out. Thanks again.
  6. Thank you Ace! I greatly appreciate your time & assistance. I contacted Minwax yesterday & they suggested using a blow dryer. Didn’t work. Then, light sanding. Didn’t work.( So no, you can’t pick it off. It’s crusted on) Now the recommendation is for Citrus Stripper followed by a wipe on poly. Going to give it a try. Does that sound like a viable option in your experience? If that doesn’t work, I’ll give the wire brush method a Go. You’re right, I don’t relish the thought of scratching up the textured surface. That is the whole reason we went with the ash in the first place. Thanks again.
  7. Thanks Tom! I may give it a try!
  8. No, Tom it really hasn’t changed as far as I can tell. Went right back to the same blotches after the Mineral Spirits application dried. What do you anticipate will happen with the heat gun?
  9. You people are amazing! This is my first time on this forum and I can’t believe how kind you all are to try & help me.
  10. I know! I love those tunnels too. I’m concerned the integrity of the bark will be compromised if I have to do anything drastic to clear the blotches. Thanks for your feedback!
  11. Thank you for your quick response & taking the time to help me wtnhighlander! I appreciate any input I can get!
  12. Hey Helpers! Mr. Rogers always said to look for the helpers in any crisis...so I’m searching diligently for some advice on my recent mini crisis. (Definitely a first world problem) I have a beautiful ash mantle firmly attached above my fireplace. Flat on top & bottom. Worm tracks/tunnels (this non-technical verbiage reveals my skill set) are on front edge. When it was mounted above the fireplace 2 years ago, 2 coats of Danish oil were rubbed onto this raw wood. Lovely. Recently, it became dull & rather dried out. We’re too busy with jobs & kids to keep treating it with Danish oil so I sought some advice from a woodworker friend. He advised: 1. Lightly rub with Mineral Spirits on a rag. 2. Put 2 thin coats of Minwax Polycrylic. Satin I did step 1. Let it dry extensively. Then did 1 coat of the Polycrylic & let it dry overnight. Much to my sad surprise the next morning, there were gray splotches intermittently on the front wormy part . Not on the top or bottom. A gray, hazy film on both ends but densely splotchy on the front, textured part. A pisser. What to do? I took the Mineral Spirits & once again, rubbed down the front, worm trails surface. Miraculously, it was damp appearing and seemed to clear! Kept my fingers crossed & said a prayer... Nope. Once it dried, the big gray blotches were back. Google searches have proven unsuccessful & now I’m unsure how to proceed??? Any suggestions?