I am having a difficulty finishing a piece of Brazilian
rosewood using methods that have been successful in the
Here's the situation:
I am restoring some old (typically 100 year+)
Many have handles of Brazilian rosewood.
I've been sanding them lightly, swabbing them with acetone
until they no longer produce color, and then oiling them
(with Maloof Satin-Oil followed by his Oil-Wax finish.)
Most come out of that process looking beautiful.
One however, is not fitting the pattern:
When I apply the first coat of oil, rub it for a few
minutes, and wipe it off, the handle looks beautiful but
with the modest color I expect after the first coat. I wait
24 hours, and then apply coat #2. It looks fine while moist,
and looks fine when I wipe it off.
Later however, as the oil is starting to polymerize, it
develops dull streaks that are clearly based on the grain
pattern of the wood.
I am baffled (most particularly because there are no such
streaks visible after coat #1) and would certainly welcome
any suggestions about a better way to approach this.
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