|Forum topic by Quoheleth||posted 230 days ago||708 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
230 days ago
I’m making a checkerboard out of purpleheart and yellowheart with straight-grained maple for the edge. I understand that if it’s not finished properly, both purpleheart and yellowheart will lose their bright colors and quickly fade—- like cherry does.
An employee at the Woodcraft store where I purchsed the wood from said any good polyeurathane should do a good job of protecting it from dramatic change (there may be some darkening, but not too bad he said). He said my oil-based Zinser should be sufficient. At another woodshop, a fellow said I’m screwed unless I dye the woods with their corresponding colors first before clear-coating. At yet a third place, a fellow said I would be OK if I use a couple coats of exterior-grade poly.
This is a paying proposition, so I want to do it right. The customer wants it to be LSU colors. I know the exotic woods aren’t exactly LSU purple and gold, but I thought the exotics would be cool so I invested pretty heavily in the wood. Now, I’m really, really hesitant to buy the dye. Not only would that totally eat up my margin, but I don’t see myself doing anything with purple and yellow in the near future. I can digest some of the cost of exterior grade poly, as I’ll have other projects in the future where that can be used.
What do y’all think?
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