Repairing Water-Damaged Woodwork
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- National Capitol Region Specifications
- Architectural Woodwork
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- This procedure includes guidance on repairing woodwork stained from minor water damage.
- See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:
- Safety Precautions
- Historic Structures Precautions
- Quality Assurance
- Delivery, Storage and Handling
- Project/Site Conditions
- Sequencing and Scheduling
- General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).
- Wood stain
- Wood bleach: Solution of sodium perborate, hydrogen peroxide or proprietary mixture suitable for oak.
- Wood filler, colored to match wood
- Sandpaper: Extra fine grit
- Mild cleaner such as "Murphy's Oil Soap" or approved equal.
- Surface Preparation:
- Mask all adjacent surfaces and protect other exposed surfaces in the work area.
- Fill any splits in existing wood and sand smooth prior to sealer application.
3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
- Select an inconspicuous area on which to test materials and application for each method type required. Test area must be approved by the Contracting Officer.
- After each test area has been prepared, receive approval from the Contracting Officer before commencing general application.
- Check area with a moisture meter to verify that wood does not have moisture on surface.
- Sand stained areas to bare wood.
- If bare wood is stained, apply wood bleach to remove stain. Minimize flow of bleach onto areas not stained. Allow to dry and sand wood lightly to remove chemical residue.
- Fill wood if required and apply stain of color to match existing.
- Wash woodwork with mild detergent and water.
- Dry immediately with clean cloth.
- . Finish to match historic finish.