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Forum topic by Don posted 08-18-2015 01:11 PM 671 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2015 01:11 PM

Hey folks, a friend of mine brought back a couple of wooden statues from Cuba last year. She left them wrapped up until just recently because she had no room to display them. A couple of things happened.

She noticed that there was mold growing on them and they had started to crack. The cracking is easily explained but I’m scratching my head over the mold. Wet/damp wood?

Other than keeping them in a humidity neutral setting (impossible?), is there any way to prevent them from cracking again?

She used a water/vinegar solution to get the mold off but the finish went with it. I suggested using a spray Polyurethane after getting all the mold off but will the mold come back?

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 08-18-2015 08:07 PM

The mold was most likely a cause of the piece stored in damp conditions.

If the finish was organic (like shellac) the mold will eat through the finish.

Water (10 parts) ammonia(1 part) would have been better on the finish, and killed the mold. A good application would kill the mold.

An oil or oil based finish may be better. Spraying may not get in the crack and it mold could return if you have bare wood exposed.

If you can post some pics, you may get some better advice on fixing the cracks. Size of the pieces would be helpful.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 08-18-2015 08:55 PM

The mold is caused from coming from a humid environment then leaving it wrapped. Dark, moist = mold. The solution would have been to unwrap as soon as possible to allow the wood to reach EMC in the new environment.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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