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Forum topic by umbach posted 01-03-2014 02:43 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2014 02:43 PM

I know Osage naturally darkens w time. Does anyone know if it will keep the bright yellow / orange if it’s finished w a clear coat? Or will it darken regardless?

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 02:55 PM

My experience is that it will darken, regardless. Sorta like cherry.
A clear coat may slow down the process.
I turned a lamp from it in 1959. Finished with linseed oil. It took 20 years to get as dark as it is, now. Pretty dark.
I don’t know if it darkens due to UV exposure, or if it’s a chemical thing.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 03:48 PM

Thanks Gene. That’s what I’d guess but I thought I’d put it out there. It’s do pretty and full of character in the yell/org color.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 02:40 AM

I have tried a lot of different clear coats to try and stop the browning from occurring with Hedge (as we call Osage Orange here) including exterior Spar Urethane with a UV protectant. In my experience, nothing will stop the browning from happening.

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