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Purple Heart

by Steeds wood working
posted 12-19-2016 04:45 PM

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 04:49 PM

If you do a search you’ll see this is very common. After sitting out in the open (and some people say exposed to sunlight – but be very careful about this. I learned the hard way you invite a lot of warping) the purple color will come back.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 06:19 PM

I have read about leaving it in the sun to bring the color out, but I also read that it’s the heat that brings out the purple. If that’s the case I’m not sure that will work for me. I live in northern michigan and it’s about 3degrees Fahrenheit outside right now. I suppose I could try to find a window to lay it in front of.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 06:24 PM

You could try using a heat gun or hair dryer.

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 06:35 PM

Sorry guys, but the brown color is FROM the heat of cutting and sanding. It will also turn brown over time when exposed to sunlight like a window. Leave it for a day or so in the shop after cutting and the purple color will return to normal. I go ahead and build my project then let it sit a couple days before starting to apply the finish. The finish will slow the change of color.

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 06:56 PM

Thank you papadan. Ill give that a try!

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