Pickling, or liming, enhances wooden surfaces by giving them a soft white tone and revealing the wood grain. For this technique you need liming paste or wax, clear-paste wax, a wire brush, and steel wool.



1. Before applying the liming paste or wax, you need to open the grain of the wood. Rub the wood with a wire brush in the direction of the grain.


2. Place the liming paste or wax on the steel wool and rub it into the wood grain using a circular motion. Work in areas of about 1/2 sq yd (1/2 sq m) at a time.





3. When the paste or wax is dry (after several minutes), rub on a fine, clear-paste wax with a lint-free cloth to remove the excess. Buff with a lint-free cloth.


Pickling gives wood a mellow appearance and emphasizes the grain beneath.





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