Thank you Frank McVey for the tip on aging walnut with lye. The base color
changed from purple to brown just as I was hoping it would. Just got a can
of Red Devil lye and poured a capful into half a coffee can of water (slowly.)
I brushed it on, the reaction happens almost immediately. Then I rinsed it
right away with water and dried with a heat gun. You can sand the crap out
of the wood without getting down to the base color, and the color penetrates
evenly. Saved my ass on this job!
I'm don't know what you mean exactly but
I'm hoping the water rinse neutralized it
enough that it won't be effecting the stain
and varnish, I know that lye and corn
starch was a formula for paint stripper in
Glad to be of help, Bub. I'd have gone along with Grant and used a little
vinegar (or any dilute acid) to be sure that the lye was neutralised, but I
reckon if you flooded the job well, you'll be fine.
the cabinet I made in shop class, WAY BACK in 66, was 'aged'
that way, then finished with 1/3 varnish, 1/3 linseed oil, and
1/3 thinner- a coat a day for a week, then a coat a week for a
month... got a little darker over the years, but is STILL just
I put the 'ageing solution' on every day for a week, and then
let it dry over the weekend before starting to finish it...
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