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  • Julian
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    Initial color ranges from gray to light brown or olive brown, depending on the type of wood, but matures to a silver grey patina.
    Cedar starts out much greyer than in Leo's picture ...and "ages" rapidly and tastefully.......pine on the other hand tends to look lighter initially ....but it too darkens and ages quite swiftly to a nice grey weathered look.
    The product does not make already weathered wood darker or greyer in my experience (like a stain wood would do)...it only acts on the paler or less or incompletely weathered wood.....evening out the overall appearance.

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  • Leo Van Der Loo
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    I have used a product like that (from Home Hardware) and you can see the difference I got with it, (I do think it is like a loog, not sure though about that, it’s been a while)

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  • Bob just past Ayr
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    Thanks Julian Darkening the shaded areas is exactly what I am looking for. I am not sure that the vinegar and steel wool may do the same thing but I am a little hesitant about doing the whole house.

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  • Julian
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    I have used similar product - probably the same stuff I think - an eco friendly powder that is added to water - (see https://ecowoodstain.com) ...except it comes from the east not the west coast.
    Its easy and very forgiving to apply and it basically makes the wood look weathered, by utilizing natural ingredients to cleverly change the surface colour to "weathered".

    It works exactly as advertised and is most excellent.

    When I reno'ed a section of my 100 year old cedar shake cottage I sprayed this on the new shakes (with a garden pump up sprayer) - and they were virtually indistinguishable to the old....also sprayed on a few areas where the old stuff was shaded and not all the shakes had evened out well......and it improved the look (without "extra darkening" the already dark parts.)
    Later I added a new stand alone cedar shake garage .....and that building blends in with the older older buildings and looks very natural.

    I would highly recommend the product...it will do exactly what you want Bob
    Last edited by Julian; 02-29-2020, 01:05 PM.

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  • Bob just past Ayr
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    Thanks Bill I probably would't remember what part I did and what part I didn't after 20 years.

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  • Bill R.
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    Took a couple pics for you Bob I'm not so sure how helpful they'll be. I never climbed up and check for any difference in deterioration.
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  • Bob just past Ayr
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    Thanks for your experiment Bill. Looking forward for the results. Also did it turn it a more even grey.. I presume you would have western red cedar.

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  • Bill R.
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    I bought 2 packs of it over 20 years ago at home hardware for myself for an experiment when I first heard about it and was aware it was the only thing allowed used on outside wooden structures on school play grounds.
    I mixed up 1 packet ( still have the other one) and put it on one of the cedar cantilevers on a shed at my mill the other identical cantilever I left undone. I know they both look exactly the same but until reading this post never thought to check if one is worse off the the other but will do that tomorrow. I've never used it on anything else I've made around here because I'm not a fan of the grey look. As for using it for any posts under ground it would be fairly costly due to the concentrated amount mixed with water they recommend so never tried that approach.

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  • bkrits
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    Who's life time, mine, yours or his, or is it referring to the lifetime of the paint, and if it falls off in 2 years that was its lifetime.

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  • John@Hamilton
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    I checked this stuff out for my deck. Through my research I couldn’t find any consistent reviews. I believe it just helps your wood turn grey.
    i know at one time Parks Canada would only use it because it was environmental safe.
    I don’t think they use it any more. You can buy it at Home Hardware, but you will probably have to order it.
    There were comments that it was a hoax. I decided not to use it.

    John
    Last edited by [email protected]; 02-26-2020, 10:49 PM.

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  • beachburl
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    Yes, it would be great to hear from anyone who has used it.

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  • Bob just past Ayr
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    LifeTme wood treatment

    Has anyone used this product lately I see this question was asked in 2013. I am considering using it on eastern white cedar to give it a more uniform look from protected areas to sunny areas.
    That should be LifeTime wood treatment link to web sight http://www.valhalco.com/
    Last edited by Bob just past Ayr; 02-26-2020, 04:54 PM.
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