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Forum topic by Blair Helgason posted 05-28-2010 04:34 PM 778 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blair Helgason

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05-28-2010 04:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cocobolo finishing problem colour

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been working on some pistol grips for a friend of mine and he had asked for them to be made from Cocobolo. The piece that I purchased had great grain and an interesting red orange colour. The problem that I having is that now that I have one grip almost finished, it’s lost a lot of the colour. It’s now more of a pinky haze. The grain is still nice but I’d like to get some of the richness back. I read a lot about finishing problems and I was hoping to just sand it down to a shine to avoid them, which I hear is possible.

I guess what I’m asking is, has anyone else had this problem and what did you do about it, if anything?

Thanks in advance.

-- Blair


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 04:37 PM

I thinks sanding will help.

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Blair Helgason

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 04:56 PM

I’ve only sanded to 220 so far. Hopefully you’re right. Thanks for the quick response.

-- Blair

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 06:13 PM

Last time I used cocobolo which was last week I sanded it past 320. You will get it back Just sand.

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Blair Helgason

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 06:41 PM

I’ve read that it trends to darken over a short amount of time (2 months or so). Since it’s freshly sanded, could that be part of the reason for the lightness in colour?

-- Blair

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Chris

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 07:15 PM

yes it can be part of the issue. I just started shaping a cocobolo vase. After roughing the outside shape and sanding it the surface very light; over the last couple of weeks the deeper tones are showing through.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Blair Helgason

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 07:29 PM

Thank you guys so much, this reassures me that some of the original richness will come back.

YAY LUMBERJOCKS!

-- Blair

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 05:03 PM

UPDATE:

Well you guys were right. I left the almost finished grip on my kitchen window sill and it’s right back to that deep red orange colour… in only two days! I can’t believe it. I’m glad I asked or I would’ve probably waxed it in the state it was in and it might not have changed at all. Thanks for the advice.

-- Blair

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