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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 05-26-2013 03:39 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

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05-26-2013 03:39 PM

Needing some assistance finishing a project, normally on all of my projects I do a single coat of tung oil with a quick wipe as I like the results followed by a few coats of wipe on poly, I am in the process of a new project that incorporates both purpleheart and rosewood, would it be OK to use the same method on this project?

Thanks

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 05:38 PM

I don’t know about the rose wood, but that should work well on the purple heart, Randy. I don’t think rose wood has any oil in it like cedar or teak so it would probably be fine too. Best thing is to try it out on scraps before committing to the project.

Cheers, jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 05:59 PM

Thanks Jim, great idea.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 06:47 PM

Have you tried using a lacquer finish Randy? I have use it on rosewood, purpleheart and many other woods and it is always a fast and simple finish to apply

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Tennessee

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 06:48 PM

I use rosewood of various species and purpleheart all the time in my guitars. No problems with the two main finished I use, baked on Polyurethane, and Tru-oil which I wipe on. I also sprayed nitro lacquer on both for many guitars, but the wear rate is not there. I see no reason why a wipe on poly would not work.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 07:04 PM

You haven’t mentioned which species of Rosewood you’re using yet, but most of them in my experience are oily in nature. Here’s a link for you. Hope it helps : )
http://forums.finewoodworking.com/fine-woodworking-knots/finishing/bolivian-rosewood-finish-problems

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 08:53 PM

Randy, I have not had a problem using the finishing technique you mentioned on Purpleheart, or rosewood.

-- Big Al in IN

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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 08:55 PM

Sure, if you want to muddy the colors.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 09:20 PM

Thanks all for the info

Greg thanks, I have used brush on lacquer before, reason I started using poly was because it was easier to apply.

Thanks Big Al You’ve always been right on the money and there for me.

Clint You suggest that I not do this, I’d like to hear why and what your method would be? Hence Needing some assistance Thanks

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 05:13 PM

Randy, any of the oils will darken and yellow wood, BLO being the worst offender. Plus, they aren’t necessary in a finishing schedule, since any film-building product is self-sealing, and will adhere without help. My preference is solvent based acrylic lacquer (especially on rosewood) or waterborne poly.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 05:43 PM

Thanks Clint, makes since and would make for a faster finishing time as by leaving the dry time out for the oil.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 05-27-2013 09:26 PM

For preserving color, on ph I use wb poly only.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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