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    How to paint bamboo?

    Hi all,

    I've recently made myself 20 2x1,5m bamboo sandwich panels (bamboo mat - multiplex - bamboo mat, with adhesive to keep them together). The panels will be used as wall covering, a little like in this picture below.



    Tomorrow my workers will start to make the wooden structure for the walls, because one particular part of the wall is very high (about 4-5m) it's more practical and safer to paint this panel before bolting it to the structure up there.

    I expect I've still got about 3 or 4 days before they will use this particular panel, so time to paint!... I only have very little knowledge of paint, how the heck am I going to paint this panel (and the others later)? What kind of paint will I use?

    I was thinking of using Beger woodstain (1 layer) and varnish (1 layer). Any paint pro's who can give me some advice?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Check out Wimpy's bungalow in the boondocks thread.
    He used the same stuff.
    Termite spray and several layers assorted stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    I was thinking of using Beger woodstain (1 layer) and varnish (1 layer).
    Should work fine. A very light sanding after the stain and be sure to get dust free before you apply varnish.

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    very brave! Aesthetically pleasing but so many bugs and critters eat stuff here! Think you may spend a lot of time cleaning them panels....dust and gecko poop magnets methinks.

    That aside would certainly apply anti bug paint and polyurethane or varnish.
    Think I would lash out on a compressor and spray gun though.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys! Tomorrow I'm going to apply clear anti-fungus and termite protection, the day after tomorrow wood stain and hopefully the day after varnish (with sanding between stain and varnish).

    I'll post the results later, the workers are quite quick, they are almost halfway now. I'm afraid I'll end up painting those things on the ladder

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    Today my workers have totally failed... for some unknown reason there are straight pencil lines in the middle of each bamboo panel... for 2 hours I've been trying to erase them but they remain visible. I've tried the following to erase the markings:
    -Use an eraser (no effect at all);
    -Use sanding paper (lines got 5% less visible but it's not good for the bamboo so I stopped);
    -Use tinner (no effect);
    -Use a wet towel (lines got 25% less visible).

    I've painted a corner with the woodstain, lines remain visible (I'd say about 10% after 2 layers of paint).

    Does anyone have any other idea's to remove the pencil lines?

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    Buy a couple of 2 inch paint brushes, some jam, marmite and varnish and let the Thais figure it out. Whats the worst that can happen ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka View Post
    Today my workers have totally failed... for some unknown reason there are straight pencil lines in the middle of each bamboo panel... for 2 hours I've been trying to erase them but they remain visible. I've tried the following to erase the markings:
    -Use an eraser (no effect at all);
    -Use sanding paper (lines got 5% less visible but it's not good for the bamboo so I stopped);
    -Use tinner (no effect);
    -Use a wet towel (lines got 25% less visible).

    I've painted a corner with the woodstain, lines remain visible (I'd say about 10% after 2 layers of paint).

    Does anyone have any other idea's to remove the pencil lines?

    Turn them over.....
    Or take them back?

    Or did your workers put them there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Buy a couple of 2 inch paint brushes, some jam, marmite and varnish and let the Thais figure it out. Whats the worst that can happen ?
    The worst that can happen is that you'll still see the damn lines after painting and varnishing.


    Turn them over.....
    Or take them back?

    Or did your workers put them there?
    The workers put them there... they thought the lines could be removed easily. After 2 hours you can still see them and they're in the center of each panel so very easy to spot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Today my workers have totally failed
    Have lower expectations - you get less dissapointed that way



    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    there are straight pencil lines in the middle of each bamboo panel... for 2 hours I've been trying to erase them but they remain visible. I've tried the following to erase the markings: -Use an eraser (no effect at all); -Use sanding paper (lines got 5% less visible but it's not good for the bamboo so I stopped); -Use tinner (no effect); -Use a wet towel (lines got 25% less visible). I've painted a corner with the woodstain, lines remain visible (I'd say about 10% after 2 layers of paint). Does anyone have any other idea's to remove the pencil lines?
    If they're in the middle it sounds uniform. Get rid of what you can and just go ahead. The stained lines will blend in if they are equally spaced.

    You have to watch them every step of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka View Post
    Today my workers have totally failed... for some unknown reason there are straight pencil lines in the middle of each bamboo panel... for 2 hours I've been trying to erase them but they remain visible. I've tried the following to erase the markings:
    -Use an eraser (no effect at all);
    -Use sanding paper (lines got 5% less visible but it's not good for the bamboo so I stopped);
    -Use tinner (no effect);
    -Use a wet towel (lines got 25% less visible).

    I've painted a corner with the woodstain, lines remain visible (I'd say about 10% after 2 layers of paint).

    Does anyone have any other idea's to remove the pencil lines?

    a long time ago attempted to erase pencilled labels on some coms equipment...tried everything in the way of thinners etc....in the end wet my finger and voila..you might try water or spit..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koetjeka
    Today my workers have totally failed... for some unknown reason there are straight pencil lines in the middle of each bamboo panel... for 2 hours I've been trying to erase them but they remain visible.
    Workers can indeed be difficult to erase.
    Have you considered a hitman?

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    If they're in the middle it sounds uniform. Get rid of what you can and just go ahead. The stained lines will blend in if they are equally spaced.
    They are indeed very uniform so that makes it less odd looking.


    You have to watch them every step of the way.
    Very true, I was on site in the morning before work and around 4 o'clock I came back, I was simply too late to stop the fools


    a long time ago attempted to erase pencilled labels on some coms equipment...tried everything in the way of thinners etc....in the end wet my finger and voila..you might try water or spit..lol
    Thanks for the tip, I've tried it but it didn't work. The problem is all of the bamboo fibres going in different directions, also the graphite is between the fibres as you will see below.


    Workers can indeed be difficult to erase.
    Have you considered a hitman?
    Lol, tried and failed. I also tried to hide their lao khao as revenge, but in the end they found it (took them 1 hour).


    Here some photos.

    Close up of one of the lines:


    Wall in progress:

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    Oops... double post.

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    Best thing you can do mate is get the local guys in.
    They know the score, just dont let them near your fridge with cold ones while they are at work.

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