I know this has been discussed before, but I'm looking to get as close as I can to the appearance the bed wood had when it was new. The truck is a 1950 1 Ton with the 9' bed, I have the 9 pine boards already to go cut to the correct widths and the edges milled. The pre-punched wear strips are being delivered today. I want to get the black appearance for the wood and was wondering what the best recipe is for this. This truck is completely stock and I want it to look that way. Thanks in advance! Tom
Thank you both for the response. I think I will try the Lamp Black for this project. The boards are new, so I'm sure it will take a couple of applications to get it to look good. I also have to get some more hardware and a bed mounting kit before I can get it all back together. Looking forward to it getting it done this Spring. Have a good day! Tom
When we wanted to stain wood a dark color we would wet it down with water in advance of staining. By doing this and letting it dry, we would be raising the grain ( or knapp ) of the wood. This provides more surface area and results in a darker look. This was usually done with hardwoods but you might do a sample pine piece, 1/2 wet down and 1/2 not, to see if it gives you a different look before the main event. Also if the wood has been planed it is more polished and will absorb less color so you might consider hand sanding with the grain to darken the boards. Again, sample pieces ahead of time could help you decide which is best. The coarser grit maybe 100 or 80 grit gives you more surface. Using the underside of your boards could work as your test area. Best of luck! Ricster
Ricster, great advice, I will use the underside to do some experimenting. Maybe do all of the underside first and see how it works out and hopefully learn something so the top sides look like I know what I was doing.
John, thanks for sharing the picture. Wow, the bed wood looks great after all those years. Amazing what a little used oil will do.
For the bed boards on my 53 one ton I used Rustoleum semigloss black paint mixed 50/50 with paint thinner. Gave the boards about four coats on all sides with a day or so between coats. Soaked in pretty well, and looks pretty good.
I am currently digging back in to a 1953 3800 (one ton) with a nine foot bed. I've owned it since 1979, and drove it until 1982 (or so). My wife got me involved in restoring it back in 2002, got the body removed and the frame redone, then things came up. Now I am retired and starting again. If anyone is interested I have photos on Imagur ( https://timwhiteblues.imgur.com/ ). I live way back in the woods in the Ozarks on 40 acres at the end of a 2 1/2 mile private road.