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    Wenge Stains

    Working with wenge today, The tips of my fingers and palms of my hands are stained. No matter how hard I try, still looks like my hands are dirty.

    Any suggestions on removing wenge stain from hands?

    Tony

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    I would say that 2-3 hrs. of washing dishes should help.

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    While Rex is right, I get that stain with other woods, too. I use turpentine, then scrub with dish washing liquid.

    Bruce
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Bloem View Post
    I would say that 2-3 hrs. of washing dishes should help.
    I can live with the stains!

    Tony, BCE '75

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    I will agree with you on that. I don't even load the dishwasher. I named our dishwasher Harriet and told my wife that I was faithful and wouldn't mess with Harriet. She says she can make an exception.

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    My wife says you might want to try baby wipes. She says they work pretty well on (artist's) ink stains that soap won't touch. Murphy's Oil Soap is something else that she uses for cleanup in her studio, but she says the baby wipes work best for ink.

    (Not sure how well that applies to wenge, so if you don't already have baby wipes handy you could try rubbing alcohol instead?)
    Last edited by Kerry Burton; 01-26-2009 at 04:51 AM. Reason: Left out a word. Sigh....

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    Try some hand cleaner, the stuff that smeels like oragnes. I have had good luck with it removeing stain and other things.

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    It's been 24+ hours and the stains have just about worn off. My hands look clean.

    Al - I tried GoJo Orange last night - works great on grease, not on Wenge stains
    Kerry - No baby wipes here, that was over many years ago !
    Bruce - I usually use Acetone to remove CA glue but was to tired (Read lazy) to go back out to the shop last night. I'll try turpentine next time.

    Thanks all, problem solved until next weekend!
    Tony

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    I try NOT to use Acetone for anything!

    It drys out my hands too much.

    Just thought of something. Before turning, if you have hand cleaner without pumace in it, rub some into the skin. I remember someone telling me it worked with stains and paints.

    Bruce
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