What Finish for Water-Stained Balau Wood


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Trying to rescue a yellow balau wood patio chair that was in my neighbors garbage pile.  One of the chairs was too rotted to save.  I've sanded all the surface mold/mildew and rot, but water staining remains, as well as cracks.  What's the best finish to give this chair a descent look and help preserve the wood.

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12 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

If the unwanted stains can't be sanded out, I'd go with paint. Any "stain" capable of hiding the water marks is effectively a paint, anyway.

I'm done sanding.  Stains won't come out.  Considered paint, but thought something else would seal better.

More sanding was done after the chain was photographed as one piece.

 

 

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Plan on using this indoors, or out? For indoors, you could try a dark wood stain to keep as much of the visual "texture" of the wood as possible. Or maybe try milk paint for lighter colors. Milk paint can be easily thinned to provide a very translucent appearance, then multiple coats applied to the level of opacitythat suits you. Top it off with a water-borne polyurathane for a durable surface.

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15 hours ago, Coop said:

That is a cool looking chair. I’m afraid a pressure washer would do more harm than good. 

No one suggested pressure washing.

I put on a dark stain-poly combo.  Will never use that stuff again.  Too thick and dries too quick.  

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On 9/14/2020 at 10:47 PM, Wimayo said:

Before you do anything else, try oxalic acid. That might remove the stains.

 

On 9/12/2020 at 9:35 PM, Coop said:

That is a cool looking chair. I’m afraid a pressure washer would do more harm than good. 

It is indeed a cool looking chair, that's why I pulled it from the trash bin.  Too bad it's a most uncomfortable one.

Too late for the oxalic acid, but thanks for the tip.  The black streaks actually look good to me.

I used a combo stain/poly mix which I'll never use again.

 

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