It got the tip from a miniature train forum :

Unfortunately it's in Dutch.

But this is how it works : You soak steel wool in vinegar and let rest for 4 days

and with this mixture you drench down all wood and hardware and when it's all dried out then it looks like a hundred years old :) . Mojo !!!!

Success !!


Greetz & Cheerz. Werner.

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I use this method. It works very well, but you dont need to leave it rest for 4 days. 24 hours is more than enough. You can also add anything else steel to help with the process.

Word of warning though... test on a sample piece first! Vinegar turns oak black on contact, so be careful!

Way kool tips fellas. I will be using these

nice one... kitchen here i come...ha ha

Sounds cool, can we see a picture of the results?


Hey Michael, here's a picture .chrz.



Oooo i like, is that normal malt vinegar or white vinegar?

I used white vinegar and cider vinegar had better results with the cider myself.... Nice profile pic by the way.... Dave

plane white vinegar will do the job ! success ! Chrz. WMP

I have what may be a silly question, but how long does it take for the smell to go away? Vinegar is rather pungent.

oh and has anyone tried this on cedar?

Took about a day for me it didn't really smell too bad when I put it on once it dries all the way it'll be fine....... Dave


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