Preventing Padauk from darkening with age?

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 08-17-2011 09:06 PM 2605 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2011 09:06 PM

I am looking for a way to keep the red color of padauk. I want to be able to prevent the wood from darkening over time. Is this possible?

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 09:33 PM

I have not been able to keep it from turning a beautiful brown color… good luck!

Only thing I would imagine may work would be a UV inhibitor finish, as it seems the brighter the area, the quicker it darkens.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 10:13 PM

I can tell you for sure that UV is the culprit. I have several items made with padauk that get no sunlight at all, and they are just as bright red as the day they were made.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 10:22 PM

Like Randy and Charlie said; only a combination of a UV inhibitor and less sunlight will help you.

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

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 11:33 PM

What type of finish has a UV inhibitor in it?

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#5 posted 08-19-2011 03:04 AM

Epifanes clear varnish #CV1000:|10918|296162|10952|311505&id=12909

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#6 posted 08-19-2011 05:23 PM

You can slow down the fading of the color, but you cannot stop it – - – At least I cannot. I have essentially stopped using padauk and purpleheart for this reason. If you want a colorful wood that will not fade, I recommend bloodwood (a.k.a. cardinal wood).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 08:29 AM

i also purchased some Andaman padauk, it`s meant to be rare the supplier i got it from said it won`t go darker with age it will just go a deeper red it will be back and sides of a classical what they say is it true

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