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Window trim stain


I guess this is where I should ask this as the subject matter is windows as well.

I've got a house where the sun has really taken it's toll on the wood inside the windows, specifically the bottom piece. (See Pics).

The sides are alright and do not appear to be finished with any type of varnish or whatever.

What could I use as a quick coating to make it look decent. Teak oil??? I'm no wood finishing expert and maybe our flooring guys on here might know something. I really don't want to go all around the windows if I don't have to. preferably just the bottom. (It's a rental and of course they want to keep expenses down). There's about 6-7 like this. Window's, not rentals.....har.

Any suggestions would be muy mas mucho appreciated......John

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I'm thinking something that they use on boats would be best but no matter what you use if the sun is directly on those sills for long periods of time it will eventually break down the finish - - - - also, maybe something on the screen to filter out the UV's after you're thru refinishing them ?



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Teak oil is what they use on boats. That stuff really doesn't last long like you say.

If something just lasted a year, it would probably be OK.

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You could use the oil and just give it wipe whenever it needed it. If it were mine I'd hit it with a clear coat of some sort. A can of Minwax Clear is less than $10.00 and you wouldn't even need to sand if ya didn't want to.

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Does the minwax clear go on with a brush or rag?

Also, do you think after applying it that it would be a noticeably different shade??

I guess what I'm trying to do is get it as close as possible to the sides and top trim. Restoring it to it's original shade. I may just have to experiment with one in the bedroom.

Thanks for the replies. I may head over there tomorrow to try some teak oil I have here.

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Can you tell what kind of wood the sills are made from? The surest way to match the rest of the casing would be to get a scrape of the same kind of wood and play around until you find a stain that matches. Just a rub on stain will do and you could likely pick the right shade from the stores color chart on the first try if you have an eye for color and the wood is something like poplar, pine, or oak.

From the photos I'd guess a colonial maple or a gunstock in the Minwax line of stains would come pretty doggone close to matching. BTW, I often buy the tiny cans of two or more stains and mix them to get an exact match. Good luck.smile
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