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.
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.
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.
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.