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Varnish over old wallpaper glue

Hoping someone out there has dealt with this before. I have exposed some 100+year old hand-sawn beams in a ceiling I am redoing. They are 3"9" and beautifully imperfect. I am planning to leave them exposed and putting a polyurethane stain on them. HOWEVER some where in the last century they were (no doubt very stylishly) papered over. I would say wall paper but that may be too generous. I've removed the paper and scrubbed them with soap and water. I know there is still glue (possibly just flour and water paste) on them. How will the residue effect the poly coat.... and if it will effect it what would your recommendations be for pretreatment? they are still holding up the ceiling and surrounded by adobe and sheetrock walls. Floor is going to be redone later so I don't care about protecting it.
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Hoping someone out there has dealt with this before. I have exposed some 100+year old hand-sawn beams in a ceiling I am redoing. They are 3"9" and beautifully imperfect. I am planning to leave them exposed and putting a polyurethane stain on them. HOWEVER some where in the last century they were (no doubt very stylishly) papered over. I would say wall paper but that may be too generous. I've removed the paper and scrubbed them with soap and water. I know there is still glue (possibly just flour and water paste) on them. How will the residue effect the poly coat.... and if it will effect it what would your recommendations be for pretreatment? they are still holding up the ceiling and surrounded by adobe and sheetrock walls. Floor is going to be redone later so I don't care about protecting it.
The wallpaper paste will need to be cleaned off first. The job is a pain but would make it easier is a wallpaper steamer. They can be rented but are not expensive to buy. Steam if until you think the glue is wet and then wash it off with warm soap and water.
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