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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Knotty pine tends to darken with age, regardless of what's been done to it.
The house I grew up in back in the 50s and 60s, was almost completely knotty pine inside, all but the bedrooms and bathroom. Living room, kitchen/dining and hallway, all knotty pine. When dad and I eventually finished most of the basement, more knotty pine.
In the process of covering what were paneled walls in the original part of our cabin, with T&G knotty pine. Light coat of oil stain, wiped off immediately just to give it a bit of color, then satin polyurethane.
Years ago we did a huge addition to a doctor's office all in knotty pine. He wanted it to be "light", so we wiped it all with oil-based white stain, then urethane. Looked pretty neat, but was one heckuva lot of work and many bundles of rags to wipe it with.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B