|Water damage has stained|
the wood so it looks gray
The former owners damaged every single wood window frame (beyond repair in some places) by allowing water to collect on the lower wood panel. This likely have happened due to misuse of a humidifier (which our inspector forbid us from ever turning on, for this very reason) and simple neglect (when you choose not to clean, things ultimately get really dirty).
As we work to bring the home back to its former state of glory, this means fixing these stained wood sills. We completed a test and believe we've found a solution.
Here's what we did:
|Sand the sill using a simple powered hand sander with a corner attachment|
|Find a clear satin wipe-on poly that (when dry) matches the redwood frame|
|Apply a test patch with a Q-tip, choosing a small area just in case things don't work out|
|In the end, this is how the board looks! After drying, the test patch matched perfectly. We'll be doing this to all of the lower window sills in the home.|