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    Finish for Purpleheart?

    My next project will be making a jewelry box from Purpleheart for my granddaughter. I previously have only used Purpleheart for a cutting board, so I am looking for some ideas on what to use for a finish on the box.
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    Hey Earl!! I like a little oil type finish, currently Formbey's Tung Oil finish, to soak in, then a lacquer over the top. Spray stuff like Zinsser has worked well for me with a little wet sanding in between
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Hey Earl!! I like a little oil type finish, currently Formbey's Tung Oil finish, to soak in, then a lacquer over the top. Spray stuff like Zinsser has worked well for me with a little wet sanding in between
    Be sure the oil finish is fully cured before hitting it with lacquer, though.
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    Oooo...good point! Any undercoat needs to be fully cured before moving up and out!! There is a cheese and cracker platter that is almost ready for WOP, but the Formby's needs another day. Thanks brutha!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Oooo...good point! Any undercoat needs to be fully cured before moving up and out!! There is a cheese and cracker platter that is almost ready for WOP, but the Formby's needs another day. Thanks brutha!!
    Especially important with a true oil finish like BLO or tung oil. In those cases, I'd give it a couple weeks to cure. Formby's should be OK after a few days. (Check to see if it still smells like finish. If it smells, it's not fully cured.)
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    Thanks for the tips. I want something that will not darken the wood any more then it already is. I know Purpleheart will not stay purple but I would like it to be as good as it can be, when I give it to her. I was wondering how just using a sealer and a water based wipe on poly would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Rumans View Post
    Thanks for the tips. I want something that will not darken the wood any more then it already is. I know Purpleheart will not stay purple but I would like it to be as good as it can be, when I give it to her. I was wondering how just using a sealer and a water based wipe on poly would work.
    Earl, I think you're on the right track with the water based finish. I'd avoid any oils if you want to keep the color lighter. Out of curiosity, why use the sealer? Water based poly should work fine on raw wood.
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    another vote to skip sealer and i have seen some of the water base products hold purple heart color for a long time.. the target coatings seem to be the one to go to for that..
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    OK. I think that's what I am going to try. Just use the water based poly without using any sealer. I have used the Target products before and I like them, so that's probably what I will use. Would you use a foam brush or just a cotton towel for application. I am not that familiar with water based poly, can I build up the number of coats and then sand for a rubbed like finish?
    Last edited by Earl Rumans; 01-12-2014 at 05:16 PM.
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    my vote is spray it if you have the equipment to do so.
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