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Posted on Finish that will keep pink ivory pink

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 09:59 PM

I made this cane with Pink Ivory: It was a vibrant pink when I finished it, but it has oxidized quite a bit since (about 1.5 yrs. ago.) . I originally coated it with Minwax Tung/Poly and it turned brown within 3-4 months, so I sanded it down a bit and it was still dark on the surface so I left it as I didn’t want to lose too much of the shape. I coated it with a Waterlox marine formula poly which has a horrible level of toxic fumes and it still has oxidized quite a bit. It’s currently a nice caramel pink color and I will just accept it for that.

I recently met a fellow who had a guitar pick made of Pink Ivory and it was still somewhat pink, not vibrant, but you could tell it was Pink Ivory. I think the natural oils and acids from his hands kept the color. I wonder if a lemon juice/mineral oil formula would work? Salad dressing anyone?

When I was working on this cane I did inquire to a wood scientist about keeping the color, and he was not aware of any method to do so.

I would like to see the pens and wood stock that Karson has. Unless you sell the item quickly, it will turn dark on you.

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