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post #1 of 6 Old 08-17-2016, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lightening/restoring raw knotty pine paneling

Hello. I am looking for a way to lighten my knotty pine paneling. It is raw with no finish and has yellowed over time. The cabin was built is the 1950s. I will be taking all of it down to raise the ceiling. There was a second roof built over the original. I have read a little about "wood bleach" but hoping the experts can weigh in.
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Sand it.

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Sounds like KP44 pine siding. Bleach won't help, the wood needs to be sanded.
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Easiest way will be to paint it with a transparent light colored heavily thinned paint.
But if you're taking it down, you can run it through a planer for a light cut or through a surface sander. Some shops won't allow any used lumber through their machines. (I don't blame them)
Sanding in place will be a killer of a job.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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It's just going to yellow again in a few years. Why bother? If you don't like the yellow color replace it with something that won't yellow.

Or maybe consider whitewashing as a previous post suggested. It can look pretty neat if done properly. Thinned white paint used as a stain. It can give it sort of a bleached driftwood look.
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If you sand it you should put a coating on it to prevent or mitigate yellowing...or it will just happen again over time. Whitewash or water borne finish (yellows a lot less than oil/solvent based).
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