Antique Finish for Natural Pine

Finishers share ideas for creating this effect. February 26, 2005

I need an antique finish on natural pine. Any suggestions for stains and glazes would be appreciated. We normally use SW products, but are open to advice.

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Two light coats of amber shellac. Scuff lightly with 320. Gilsonite (no fiber) or asphaltum wipe. Allow to dry a few hours even though it will still be tacky. Light coat of vinyl sealer and the topcoat of your choice.

Gilsonite is a redder brown and asphaltum is a greener brown. Either way, these tars will have to be diluted with naptha or mineral spirits quite a bit, maybe more than 700% (7 parts thinner to 1 part tar).

The asphaltum will look more antique than the gilsonite because a greener brown is a more authentic anitque/aged look than a redder brown.

You could also add some flyspecking. Van dyke brown or raw umber specks will work. Your flyspecking material ought to be one which does not clump and leave a pimple shape. Glaze definitely leaves little mounds. Colored lacquer does not. But colored lacquer is a one shot deal and not very reversible unless you use a fast-dry thinner so that the specks are almost dry as they hit your surfaces.

For flyspecking I like UTC colorants mixed in VM&P naptha. If you don't like how they look, wipe them back off with a rag soaked in naptha. When they look right, spray on a light coat of sealer or lacquer to lock them in.

Try flyspecking over a vinyl or clearcoated sealed surface with TransTints mixed with water. If you don't like the effect, wipe it off with a damp rag. It doesn't leave mounds as there's no binder. You can flash dry it with a hair dryer if you're in a hurry.