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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 11-25-2007 07:43 AM

UV light causes the padauk to lose it’s bright color. Michael Dresdner has suggested that Armour-All (the car stuff) will help prolong the change in color and limiting exposure to sunlight will also help. Unfortunately Armour-All contains silicon which causes fisheye (craters) to form in film finishes, so an oil based finish like Danish oil or Boiled linseed oil (BLO) maybe the only choice if you pre-treat the wood with Armour-All. I have pretty much banned any silicon containing material from my shop, as I usually finish with lacquer or shellac. Just be careful with the stuff if you ever plan to get into film finishes. Another alternative is to finish with whatever you like and put Armour-All over the top when the finish cures. Paduak will darken over time, no matter what you use.

We like when the darkening occurs over time with Cherry. Paduak, Purpleheart just will darken over time eventually. it’s just an unfortunate fact of the wood.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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