Will water make the color of padauk run?

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Forum topic by Schoffleine posted 01-08-2015 07:47 PM 775 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2015 07:47 PM

So I used a strip of padauk with some maple to create a stripe to add a bit of variation to the color scheme of a project. I then used alcohol to see how it’d look when stained and remove sawdust from the pores of the padauk. At one point in time I knew that alcohol was used to create dye from padauk but this was not that time, which led to it bleeding all over the maple. A lot of sanding later and it’s back to where it was, but I still have sawdust in the pores and I want to make sure I got all the dyed spots off the maple. What are my alternatives for this? Will water also make the padauk bleed color everywhere?

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 10:01 PM

I have to do a lot of striping in my guitar bodies. One of the favorites with my clients, it seems, is some exotic flanked by thin flame maple stripes. Yes, it is a hassle to get out all the dust from the maple. But once you remove the top coat of oil from the paduak, you should not have a problem. I’ve never tried water since it always fuzzes back up for me, resulting in more sanding. I usually sand it almost home, and then use lacquer thinner on an absorbent rag or thick unwoven paper towels I keep in the shop. And I go with the grain, so if there is some going to migrate, it has a better chance of staying on the right wood. Then I finish sanding with the run of the stripe and usually end up with white maple stripes, and whatever wood is in the middle. Kingwood, cocobolo and others do the same thing.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 10:42 PM

Well I found a padauk scrap (the original stripe was a scrap in and of itself) and tried it by just clamping a the padauk and maple scraps together and pouring water on it. It didn’t run. Tried it on the main piece and still didn’t run so I think I’m good. It highlighted some places where I didn’t get all the padauk oils off the maple as well.

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