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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 05-13-2015 11:34 AM 903 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2015 11:34 AM

im new at turning and most of the free wood I get is popular,,some of it looks ok,,but some of it takes on a green shade after sanding and putting on the finish,,i was thinking about getting a stain for it before I actually put the shine to it,,,and comments on this as far as the stain or how I could improve the finish,,also I been using eee before applying the finish,,,is there anything out there that does the same as eee but not quite so expensive,,thank you

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#1 posted 05-13-2015 11:50 AM

Poplar? Free wood is always popular.

One of the first bowls I turned was tulip poplar, and it had the green tint you spoke of. I really liked the way the hue would change depending on ambient light. I don’t know how the green would take stain.

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#2 posted 05-13-2015 01:03 PM

If click on this link will see brown Poplar bowls. Guess what some had green or purple streaks but cannot see them anymore just heart & sap wood contrast! Exposure to light caused that color change after finish applied!

Poplar wood can be blotchy or spotty when stained! So check out procedure for applying wood conditioner before staining. I have used opaque dye which completely hides any wood grain with good results.

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 05-13-2015 09:32 PM

The green in poplar turns brown when exposed to sunlight.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 05-13-2015 11:00 PM

The green part of poplar (which I rather like) always turns brown with time and usually pretty quickly. You might be able to stave off the browning for a time with a finish that has UV absorbers like a marine varnish.

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