Hi, I'm making some varnished rope bins for a sailboat deck out of
purple heart and mahogany.
The ph looks fabulous when I get it but after I sand out the planing
marks and mill it the purple color fades to kind of a dirty gray. What
am I doing wrong? Heat from the orbital sander? Is there a way to
restore the color? I'm kind of new to this. Thank you for your time.
On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 08:14:19 +0100, Juergen Hannappel
Like Juergen said, wait, it'll turn purple again soon. However, on
some purpleheart, the colour might fade after a few years. No way of
telling which kind you got, as far as I know.
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Hmm, conflicting responses here. The only living example of purple
heart I saw was on a boat deck. It had turned a dirty grey brown after
being on deck unvarnished about 3 years, which would seem to support
your idea. It was very sturdy. I may try buffing it back to a
brilliant luster. Thanks.
The purple will come with sunlight. I put small turnings in the
cupholder in the armrest of my truck and the colour is back in a day.
To keep the colour, I have read about using Armoural since the UV
blockers in this are supposed to help. I have just tried this recently
so I do not have any long term results yet.
As I remember from the same discussion several years ago, purple heart
is a common name for about 6 different trees. The response of the wood
may depend on the particular tree the wood came from.
You can look at a stack of purple heart and see at least a couple
different color tones in the different boards. I once made the mistake
of buying a plank then going back to get another and ended up with two
different purple hearts. The jewelry box never did look right.
I've had a plank in the garage near the door for several years. It has
kept its color. When I cut it it turned brown but within a week it was
back to a nice color again for finishing of the jewelry boxes.
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