Gro Lux lights

Gro Lux lights

Post by Bob Pritcha » Sun, 13 May 2001 13:12:24



I was wondering if anyone has tried using
Gro Lux lights to bring out the color in some ***s like purpleheart
and to darken cherry.
     Is this a possibility or just wishful thinking?
Bob, Naugatuck,Ct.

http://www.FoundCollection.com/

 
 
 

Gro Lux lights

Post by Bill Brachho » Sun, 13 May 2001 20:09:46


Bob,

I've heard that just a few hours in sunlight will darken Cherry quite a
bit.  Several "suntan" treatments over a few days ought to work.

Bill in Gainesville, Florida, USA
http://www.FoundCollection.com/


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Quote:
>I was wondering if anyone has tried using
>Gro Lux lights to bring out the color in some ***s like purpleheart
>and to darken cherry.


 
 
 

Gro Lux lights

Post by Chuck Engstro » Sun, 13 May 2001 22:52:13



Quote:

>I was wondering if anyone has tried using
>Gro Lux lights to bring out the color in some ***s like purpleheart
>and to darken cherry.
>     Is this a possibility or just wishful thinking?
>Bob, Naugatuck,Ct.

>http://www.FoundCollection.com/

A mild solution of lye (soduim hydroxide) will darken cherry. Many
hardware stores carry Red Devil brand, which makes no mention of any
additives. Start with 1/4 teaspoon dissolved in a cup of warm water. I
usually apply it with a foam brush. You can thin out this original
strength if it takes you darker than you wish. Multiple applications
will get it darker, or you can make it stronger to start with. I have
gotten cherry to be almost as dark as mahogany this way.

You can stop the action by neutralizing with white vinegar or lemon
juice, and probaby should use one or the other when you're satisfied
with tone.

Sunlight works too -- I helped a client put a computer monitor on a
brand new cherry table in a room with late afternoon sun several years
ago. A month later we moved everything to a new location and there was
a very distinct darkening of the area of the table not covered by the
base of the monitor.

Best --

Chuck Engstrom
Kennedyville, MD

 
 
 

Gro Lux lights

Post by Bob Pritcha » Sun, 13 May 2001 22:57:12


Hi Bill,
   The cherry bowls that I`ve given a suntan to take at least a month to
get
that nice deep color. Thats why I was wondering about the gro-lux lights
so
I could give them light at night as well.
Bob,Naugatuck Ct.

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Gro Lux lights

Post by Mark Fitzsimmon » Wed, 16 May 2001 10:06:33


you can bring out the purple in purpleheart with muriatic acid (pool
acid). Wear gloves and a respirator! Or have a good strong fan giving
you fresh air, the acid fumes are not good for your lungs! I think you
just fume the wood by holding it over an open container or putting it in
a plastic bag with some acid until you get the color you like.

Ammonia does a similar thing with oak, makes it dark like many antiques.

Quote:

> I was wondering if anyone has tried using
> Gro Lux lights to bring out the color in some ***s like purpleheart
> and to darken cherry.
>      Is this a possibility or just wishful thinking?
> Bob, Naugatuck,Ct.

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/