Finishing Pau Ferro (Morado)

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Forum topic by Anthony posted 12-04-2013 05:32 AM 2330 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 05:32 AM

I recently purchased a beautiful piece of Pau Ferro (also known as Morado). This is my first time working this wood and while researching on line about it’s working characteristics I saw that there where a lot of comments about finish not curing when applied.

Does anyone out there have any experience with finishing this wood and any suggestions on how to get a nice finish on it?

Thanks in advance.


-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 06:05 AM

Some oily woods will only cure if you wipe them with mineral spirits or acetone first and/or between coats. I’ve had this happen on padauk a few times… poly was staying tacky after days of drying. I wiped it down a few times with mineral spirits, let it dry, then finished it normally. Worked great.

Another option might be to apply a non-oil-based sealer coat, like shellac, then finish like normal.

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