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Forum topic by getlostinwood posted 03-26-2012 02:30 PM 1894 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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getlostinwood

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03-26-2012 02:30 PM

Any ideas on which finishes keep the reds and purples on cedar longer than a couple weeks?

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 02:39 PM

I use a clear acrylic spray on cedar. Lacquer works also.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 02:59 PM

Indoors or out?

I make flutes out of aromatic western red cedar. I rub them down with a 50/50 mix of citrus solvent and pure tung oil, then 25/75 (less solvent) and finally a 10/90 mix (very little solvent). If you want a higher gloss, rub them with beeswax and polish briskly with a soft cloth. I have flutes that are 3 or 4 years old and still have their color.

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getlostinwood

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 03:03 PM

Indoors, doing trophy mounts and have used lacquer on the front and sides, back is unfinished and after a couple months they are losing the brightness of the reds and purpilish hues. What kind of citrus solvent?

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 04:20 PM

citrus solvent…. uh… lemme see if I can find a link…
http://www.realmilkpaint.com/citrus.html

I use natural finishes for flutes mainly because people are putting their mouth on them. All my flute finishes are food safe. :)

It’s still quite a powerful solvent, but much safer to work with as we’re (woodworkers) generally exposed more long-term than the eventual owner of a single piece. We build lots of stuff. Less toxic fumes makes me happier. :) AND… it’s biodegradeable so no worries about disposal. (As long as it’s not mixed with something ELSE that may be harmful)

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 04:30 PM

Would spraying or putting a finish on it seal it and prevent it from being aromatic?

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 04:38 PM

Pretty much, yeah. I just went and smelled some of my older flutes… heheheh…. ok that sounded weird even to me…. and I can still smell the cedar, but also the tung oil. The ones that were waxed, I can’t really smell the cedar any more. I have 2 that were poly’ed (gifted to me) and you can’t smell the cedar at all on those. BUT, the poly’ed ones retained color better than any of the others I think. I say, “I think” because different batches of blanks have different coloring and I might be comparing to some that started out less red… shrug

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