I got more sand paper so I took some of that top layer off the trunk today. It was also to make sure I didn’t have any potential splinters.
I just added a first coat of very strong black tea. Like 3 family size bags for a quart of water strong.
I think it is bringing out some of the reds which is nice.
In the meantime, I’ve got a mason jar with steel wool and vinegar.
I should get a coat tomorrow and see if there’s a chemical reaction.