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Color changing wood

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Slow and reverse color changes
2 drums
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The padauk parts on this
tongue drum began as a vibrant
orange-red, but, exposed to light,
transformed to a dark walnut-like
brown over time. A light sanding
and refinishing refreshes the color.

Slow and reverse color changes

Most film-building finishes slow -- but don't halt -- the oxidation process. Some expensive, marine-grade finishes contain UV inhibitors that will protect a project from the sun's harmful rays for a short time. Your best bet, though: Keep your projects out of direct sunlight.

Or to maintain your project's original color, design it for repeated resurfacing. Color changes tend to be shallow, and can be reversed by exposing the unaffected wood underneath. For example, the flat top of the tongue drum, below, takes a quick sanding and refinishing to reverse its age-browning.

Continued on page 3:  Accelerate changes to your advantage


Comments (2)
jeffsmith4421g wrote:

Pigmented stains may be easily and inexpensively made and still be of the highest quality. Gilsonite or Liquid Asphaltum, available through art supply stores. A very good walnut color that can last a century. Mix in turpentine, mineral spirits, etc. to your desired color. Artists oil pigments are available in quarts, very high quality and hold color for a very long time.

5/11/2016 11:23:40 PM Report Abuse
ltodd65781 wrote:

What is the best finish to use on red cedar

2/9/2015 12:37:58 PM Report Abuse

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