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Old 05-06-2008, 10:48 AM
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Mill & Manufacturers stamps on lumber.

My neighbours are putting up a lovely new wooden fence which I am delighted with.

There is only one small thing that's bothering me. The lumber came with stamps on it, country of origin (red), mill or manufacturer (green or black).

I'm not complaining as I contributed not at all to the cost of the fence, they are more than welcome to place all the slats with ink stamps facing our yard, not a problem.

It's made me wonder though if there is any way to remove them or do I just have to wait for them to fade with time? Even faded it will really detract from the niceness of the fence.

I already tried Goo Gone but it didn't work really.

I was wondering if dopers have any suggestions for me? Ever had this problem?

I suppose I could try a colour match and sponge a couple of different paints onto it, that would be a last resort, though.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:11 AM
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I usually sand the wood before I use it and I sand the mill marks a little harder to remove it.

If there is a better way, I too look forward to hearing it.

Are they putting the fence up raw? Do they plan to preserve it?

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Old 05-06-2008, 11:33 AM
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It's pressure treated, yes, it's going up raw, probably won't be preserved with any other finishes. And they are fussy people who, I am certain, would not like to see me sanding the new fence, especially in so many spots, as would be required.

I've tried googling a few things but it's hard to know how to phrase such a thing.

I'll keep trying.

Hmmm, maybe I should look into stuff to remove graffiti?
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:45 AM
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Those mill marks soak into the wood, I doubt a graffiti remover could do the job without discoloring the wood.

Is the wood blond or darker from being pressure treated?

If it is a nice clean blond wood, I think you are out of luck as far as chemicals but the sanding would weather fast to an even color.

Most treated wood I have dealt with is darker and weather of a year will obscure the marks anyway.

Jim
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:51 AM
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BTW: I realize that sanding would be a pain and you definitely don't want to do it without talking to your neighbors first. I would just end up leaving it be.
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