Oxidize Wood Stain

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Intro: Oxidize Wood Stain

Super easy stain that makes your wood look weathered.

You will need Vinegar and Steel Wool (tea or coffee is optional I'm not joking!) that's it!

Tear up some steel wool and put it in a glass jar then fill with white vinegar, let it sit for 24 hours then you can stain away.  You can also use coffee or tea prior to staining the wood if the wood you are using doesn't have enough tannins in them, I tested a scrap piece of wood out first before doing this on my bench top you can see the staining process in one of the photos, for more info click here.



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    7 Discussions


    7 months ago

    I have made and used this successfully in the past, but now it just turns the wood browner. The more I put on the browner it gets. No grey. Any thoughts?


    1 year ago

    How strongly did you brew the coffee and tea?


    2 years ago

    I wonder what the results would be like by using a 20% or 30% vinegar http://www.factorydirectchemicals.com/collections/vinegars

    3 replies
    Tsu Dho Nimhstr3ss

    Reply 2 years ago

    The stronger vinegar requires safety gear, and it just dissolves the steel wool faster, making a far stronger solution that you will have to dilute unless you want really DARK wood. Ideally you end up with no acetic acid left, just iron acetate in solution. Using 5 or 6 pads of steel wool (88 grams to a gallon) in a gallon of supermarket vinegar makes a concentration that is easy to work with straight or diluted. YOu can appluy a couple of coats (see lower left picture) to darken it.

    The largest color change limiting factor is the amount of tannin in the wood ... and you have to test on scraps unless you are willing to accept whatever happens.

    Here's a picture of pine (low tannin) with a high-tannin extract of quebracho (used in taxidermy and leather tanning) applied over the top. Tannins in tea, or soaked acorn caps or something else would also work - I use quebracho because I can weight out the powder to make a reproducible strength solution.

    Next to it is alder with just the iron acetate applied, no quebracho. It had enough tannins for a lovely silvery grey. Other woods turned deep slate grey or even a dark purple-grey - facinating but you have to test before you swab the whole

    JoeJ61Tsu Dho Nimh

    Reply 2 years ago

    Ok. So.... How do i get it off my hands. Also use gloves. Lol. Trust me..

    Tsu Dho NimhJoeJ61

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder about gloves. It will wear off.