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The house we just moved into to has cedar on the walls.  Evidently the previous owner had two pictures that he had the walls for probably the age of the house (20 years).  Under those pictures the cedar is darker than the surrounding boards.  Is there something I can use to even out this discoloration?

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Sandy,
Your problem is shared with many homes and office buildings where we do work.

As you know wood is photosensitive - sensitive to sun light as well as lighting in the house.
Some woods darken with light and some become lighter in color.
The light has actually penetrated through the finish on your cedar planks and has lightened the stain that that is in the fibers of the wood.

If the wood behind the pictures were lighter than the balance of the planks;  you could shade the lighter area to become a little darker.
Being that your's is darker; you can't shade dark to become lighter, without applying an opaque color to hide the darker area.  You then have an area that has all of the grain and depth of the wood hidden and is more obvious than the original darker areas.

So I think you will have to hang pictures or other objects to hide the darkened areas.

Thanks for our e-mail and good luck.

Joe Eldredge
Conscientious Wood Care  

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We have been in the wood care business for almost 30 years (we are still learning) We do refurbishing and touch-up of furniture, paneling, antiques etc. The number one question that we receive; is what do I use on my furniture, to keep it looking moisturized, clean and get the depth perception back into the finish. I believe we can help on products to use and answer questions on why we don't use certain products that are available to us. I am sure that there are many questions on wood care that we can't answer; but, give us a try anyway. We find that many people use products for maintaining the wooden furniture, etc., and can't understand the reason it looks worse as they continue to use certain products. Most people use the products that their mothers and grandmothers used. Finishes on furniture have come a long way; from shellacs, waxes, varnishes etc. Give us an email and see if we can help with some of your questions and concerns.

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Have worked in Omni, Brown Palace etc. hotels. Have refurbish items in the Colorado Govenors mansion and the Colorado Capital building etc. We have been caring for millions of dollars worth of furniture and antiques for large corporations for years.

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