Allow wood to age gracefully: burn off surfaces

Flaming wood changes the surface, but the material remains intact. This technique is suitable for all woods, which are to preserve a historical character and thereby become a lot darker. Cupboards, chests of drawers and even plank floors get an interesting, noble appearance, if the scarfing was carried out professionally. We provide instructions for friends of patinated wooden surfaces.

Wooden surfaces also patina possible with color

The darkening and patination of wood surfaces is also possible with the help of colored glazes and stains. But this way requires more expertise and means a greater amount of time compared to the flames. Especially larger areas can be treated more effectively with fire.

For small-scale carving, material combinations and valuable antique furniture, however, we do not recommend reaching for the burner: Contact an expert restorer who knows about gentle surface treatment.

Flame wood: a guide

  • maybe paint stripper
  • Gas cartridge for the burner
  • Antikwachs
  • possibly hot air blower
  • dust broom
  • Cloths / cleaning utensils
  • screwdriver
  • gas burner
  • fine brass brush
  • lint-free cotton rag

1. Remove wooden element

If it is a degradable wooden element such as a cabinet door, we recommend removing the part and removing all fittings and attachments. So it is reachable all around.

2. Prepare underground

Clean the wood and remove any old layers of paint. For example, to remove paint and other paint, use a paint stripper or a hot air blower.

3. Flame wood with the gas burner

Now take a gas burner at hand and singe the wood as evenly as possible. Do not forget the corners, edges and narrow sides either. How dark the surface is, you can regulate with the help of temperature and burning time.

4. Work with brass brush

Optional: The flamed wood is treated after cooling with a fine brass brush, so that the hard annual rings stand out. This creates a beautiful plastic structure.

5. Apply antique wax

Finally, massage a layer of antique wax into the wood surface with a lint-free cotton cloth, which gives a light sheen and protects the wood.

Tips & Tricks

Before applying the antique wax, it is possible to add further signs of aging to the wood. For example, use a small drill to drill "wormholes" and add artificial quirks or paint marks. You may need to flame it a second time.

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