We just purchased an Eichler in Concord, and the wood paneling is faded everywhere except where pictures were hung. Any suggestions on how we should go about restoring the wood so that it's uniformly toned?
We had major fading/bleaching on the tall paneling in our atrium model with clerestory roof, with darker squares visible where previous owners had hung pictures. We ended up restaining the paneling with Watco danish oil. We didn't prep the wall, but instead just brushed on and wiped off two coats of the oil.
The fading's still slightly visible, but you've got to look hard to notice the issue. The danish oil also gave a bit more of a glossy/varnished look than the paneling had before, but in general we're happy with the restoration.
The EIchler Network is a great resource. your topic has been covered many times. use the search engine on this forum to find answers to your question. Also, check the House Doctor section for more information on restoring your mahogany panels.
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Here is what we did to make your life easy.
* Howard's Restore a Finish comes in various colors.
* We cleaned the walls up with moist wash cloth and then lightly sanded with steel wall or super fine sand paper. Ink stains cleaned with Goof Off.
* Then Howard's Restore a Finish which also works as a cleaner on the paneling as well as a color brightener.
* We then stained the walls with Zars Teak Natural
* Feed and Wax on after makes the walls absolutely glow and really protects them from
The Feed and Wax makes the walls absolutely glow and really protects them from bumps and abuse.