Aging Wood: Vinegar & Steel Wool Solution

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August 18, 2017
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August 18, 2017 How to age new wood fast & make new wood look old, aged, and rustic with in minutes using the vinegar & steel wool mixture an alternative to aging wood with baking soda. This how to weather wood, pickle wood or age wood with this easy homemade wood stain finishing will make any new lumber look old. Here is a simple weathering technique, trick, and alternative to the old watered down paint wash or stain that can give you desired wood finishing results for your older looking wood projects. If you are hoping to make a homemade wood stain and give your project, pallet wood, age furniture, hard wood floor, or prop a vintage old wood or worn look to it this is an easy inexpensive trick and homemade staining or ebonising wood mixture that can come in handy and is easy to do. Scenic painters use this classic aging technique trick or trade secret to make things like fruit crates, pallets and other industrial wooden things look old, used, sun dried, faded, vintage, reclaimed, and antique looking. It’s a great way to make new wood look like old wood its like creating fake or faux old barn wood. Find your self a 2 Gallon bucket to mix your solution, 1/2 Gallon vinegar, and 2 steel wool. It may help to wash any oil off the steel wool and break up and pull apart or cut up the steel wool into small pieces before mixing it into the vinegar. Let it sit for four days or so. Some have even heated up the solution to speed up the process. The longer the better the reaction and then mix a 1/2 Gallon of water into the mixture and your ready to start aging. Mix less water if you want a more powerful solution. If your diy project or piece has scratches and character it should darken much like stain or other patina and enhance the look of the natural wood as well as bring out other characteristics. If not you can always choose to distress and make the piece look rundown. Use a clean paint brush on to apply the fast drying thrifty steel wool mix wash. Thanks for watching and hope this old wood weathering quick trick can help you achieve your desired look for your project.

Here is a video that shows us using the vinegar mixture to make an old looking sign and a new front deck to an old western saloon look old and aged. This is a great Diy Wood Finishing Tip and Trick – Transform Your Project Using Aging Wood With Vinegar And Steel Wool Today!

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  1. Juliana Leo says:

    Thank you for a quick easy video, without a lot of smaltz, music and drama!   I love this, and appreciate your efforts and expertise.

  2. PiDGE IAM says:

    Interesting. Thank you very much.

  3. gsikomanis says:

    Hey guys. I've tried to make my own solotion, but the wool doesn't
    dissolved in the vinegar… I used a #0000 steel wool, and white
    vinegar, but doen't work :/
    Any thoughts ?

  4. terry7893 says:

    It turned it gray. I liked it better when it turned it brown.

  5. Any suggestion on what to use as a sealer? How stable is it when exposed to sun (indoors)? Will it yellow?

  6. Does the vinegar smell come out of the wood?

  7. is it permanent? does it work on all kind of wood?

  8. MyLink44 says:

    i enjoy your channel, i subscribed, thanks!

  9. hi:) is it ok to use steel wool soap pads?

  10. bea burns says:

    this is perfect for cedar, not pine. best to use the black tea solution first on pine to bring out the tannin, then the vinegar solution.

  11. parabens pelo trabalho ,ecelente

  12. Emi Stretton says:

    can you use a stain over that solution? to make antique colored furniture?

  13. Tammy Herman says:

    I tried this and loved the color but HATED the smell even after it dried. It smelled like dirty pennies or blood.

  14. jw1137 says:

    I tried this twice. Two different brands of vinegar two different packages of steel wood. Left both for a week ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENED!. I could have [but didn't] pour the vinegar back in the bottle. I did dry out the steel wood [good as it came from the package] and put it back in the drawer. Any other ideas?

  15. how often do you have to add water if you let it sit for a while

  16. What strength is the vinegar? I tried with 5% and it doesn't seem to be strong enough to dissolve the steel wool.

  17. Rest says:

    Эта технология известна и описана вот уже лет 300…
    This technology is known and described 300 years has been …
    ( Furniture restorer )

  18. Thalia Pakī says:

    I loved the colour you achieved, does the cool toned stain remain that colour or does it change over time like the solution does?

  19. Scoring the wood with the end of a sewing needle or Exacto knife can also help ad to the weathered effect, especially if you want to bring out the natural wood fibers. Have you folks ever tried something similar?

  20. Mario Acosta says:

    So i have a project which is exterior. We added on to an old barn looking storage. This effect is the closest we have found to how the existing building looks like. I have a few questions. If we use this technique outside will the vinegar keep turning the wood darker with the sun? Can we apply a water coat sealer right afterwards to keep it from getting darker?

  21. Do you still have to varnish the wood after doing this

  22. Phil Lowman says:

    What will it do if you do not mix with water? Will it make it darker?

  23. BNSF3012 HO says:

    Lol. "So its 4 days later…." and you're wearing the exact same clothes????

  24. Chris Smith says:

    I just tried this method….after 4 days nothing. So I cut the steel wool into tiny bits and waited another 4 days…still nothing. I did try to apply it to pine anyway, and it didn't change color at all. My non descript vinegar was 5 percent and steel wool from Walmart. I'm wondering if temp makes a difference as I had it in my cooler basement, not in warm California. I'm going to try again with Heinz Vinegar and wash my steel wool in dish detergent this time. And move it to a warmer location.

  25. Gordon Beall says:

    Cool. I noticed that you used cedar, is the effect the same or very similar with other wood types? Spruce or pine? Thanks.

  26. Kman says:

    Ugh…to forgo waiting FOUR DAYS for the conglomeration to set up, AND to forgo the stench of vinegar, you could simply use wood stain & accomplish the same thing.

  27. what if you applied it directly to the wood without mixing the water in? what if you only added half the water? anyway this is the easiest wood aging video to follow on here. great video and Great Job. consider me a subscriber.

  28. Big Mike says:

    so cool! I'm making a wine rack and that aging looks perfect. thanks!

  29. JR USMC says:

    Hey i love the video. I did the recipe exactly as you said. White Vinegar, and 0000 fine steel wool. I'm on the 3rd day and the vinegar is still perfectly clear. No reaction at all. I was wondering if you might know why this is?

  30. BA BJ says:

    Vinigar and steel wool worked Great !! i added a teaspoon of melted instant coffie and it came out awsome!! the texture is also very important so i made artificial cravases with a sharp knife and the vinigar darkened it amazing with greenish-brownish color like this ugly white pine was taken from an old forest cabin !!…

  31. Thanks a lot for the info. Hello from Belgium

  32. Can I use a polycrylic on this for a protection layer or would it react with the vinigar/steel wool soaked into the wood?

  33. Nick K. says:

    that looks like a gallon, not half gallon btw.

  34. Can you take a hair dryer to it, to make it dry faster?

  35. Muadibe says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

  36. Hi, this steelwool, is with or without soap?

  37. Thea says:

    I thought you did a great job demonstrating this technique on your video, Hollywood. Word of warning: the vinegar-steel solution may turn some rough-cut softwoods black rather than grey (called blackstain by experienced woodworkers). I used wood (pine and cedar) from a cheap garden store trellis because I wanted the already-cut dimensions for a rustic-looking project. It ended up looking like I charred it (especially the darker cedar). I wound up having to use oxalic acid to bleach the wood and remove the iron pigment. Then went with Minwax wood finish stain in classic grey instead.

  38. I tried this and it turned my wood brown, I was looking for a grey color

  39. can i use the S.O.S pads steel wool??

  40. what is this? a painting brush for ants? It has to be at least….. 2 times that size!

  41. Kevin Barnes says:

    What type of steel wool did you use? I've had some steel wool sitting in a bucket with vinegar for over 5 days now and i don''t have any murky water in it. It looks like none of the steel wool has dissolved.

  42. Plunk a little bleach in it to turbocharge the solution (careful don't gas yourself)

  43. Dee Zee says:

    Juts make sure you dont use water based top coat on this. If you do the rust particles will eventually destroy the top coat's chemistry and the fiish will start cracking and flaking off. There are various stains that will achieve the aging result minus the wait time and without the risk of loosing the finish in the future.

  44. Iv Iv tried this on oak and comes out really good but when I try on pine I get zero grey colour just a brownish colour.. am I doing something wrong ?

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