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Forum topic by sgtq posted 279 days ago 883 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sgtq

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279 days ago

Help my purple left my purpleheart. The original plank was amazingly purple now after gluing it up in a cutting board and lots of sanding the purple has gone away. I have seen lots of purple purpleheart projects on here that must have been sanded so can someone help please…...

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 279 days ago

Let it sit a while. The color will come back. It is oxidation that creates the color.

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sgtq

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#2 posted 279 days ago

How long should I let it sit before finishing?

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 279 days ago

Not sure. I just knew the sad feeling when my one piece of it turned brown after cutting. It took a couple days for mine. I have not put any finish on it.

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amagineer

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#4 posted 278 days ago

If you leave it out in the shop for a few days the color will return.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Seymoreknots

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#5 posted 277 days ago

Sgtq

Hey, first of all thanks for the comment on my Basket weave cutting board. I had the same very issue with my Purpleheart. When I bought the wood it was a deep rich purple. After I cut it, it turned a brownish color and even more brown after sanding which I became concerned about. I did a little research and also found as the other members have said let it sit a while. I waited a week before I applied any finish and the color came back. The finish also deepen the rich color and restored it almost to the original color when I first bought the wood. I also read that the purple will continue to deepen even after the finish has been applied.

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bygrace

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#6 posted 277 days ago

A salesman at the Wood World hardwood shop told me if you put it out in the sun it will speed up the return of color.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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rad457

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#7 posted 277 days ago

Speaking for myself, no sandpaper, only hand plane or a scraper, the colors and grain you will see is amazing, and finish with some polish.
Andre.

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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rlrobinhood

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#8 posted 277 days ago

I’m finding this thread very interesting. I thought purple heart browned out after time and exposure to the sun. I’m no expert, so I’m wondering if it goes through a deeper purple phase before it browns out. Thoughts?

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doordude

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#9 posted 277 days ago

it doesn’t brownout. put in direct sunlight for about a day and the purple color will return; provided you haven’t put any finish on it!

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 277 days ago

I’ve read for years all over the internet that Purple Heart like Padouk will turn brown over time.

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?158231-Purple-heart-finishing

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rlrobinhood

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#11 posted 276 days ago

So, what is the consensus? How do you bring the purple back and how do you keep it?

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sgtq

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#12 posted 276 days ago

I have had it in my shop for about 3 days now, I use natural daylight bulbs in there. The color has thankfully returned. It was actually a fun process watching it over the past few days. I used the wood in a cutting board and only had the top side facing the light. The color there returned perfectly while the downward facing side remained Brown, so I guess it is the light! As soon as I stood it on end so both sides could get light the color began returning. Thank you for everyone’s advice!!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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gtbuzz

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#13 posted 275 days ago

So what happens if you finish it first? I had some purpleheart that was a brownish color that I used for a picture frame thinking it wouldn’t come back, so I went ahead and finished it with lacquer.

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