Bleaching cedar wardrobe cabinet

starr moore

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Hi to All,
I am new to the forum and could use some help. I am trying to bleach a cedar wardrobe cabinet for my daughter. She would like it as light as possible. I have been using 50/50 household bleach and water. it has lighten considerably but when I bring the doors in at night the next morning they are at least 2-3 shades darker. My conclusion is that I need to lighten them up more because they are obviously absorbing moisture from the air in my home. Does anyone think I should try the lye and hydrogen peroxide solution? If so how do I mix it and apply?
Thanks
 

Don Baer

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Here is a thread on the subject that I posted some years ago.
I found that sodium Hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide worked best. I was able to buy a kit from Woodcraft and I understand that Jeff Jewitt at Homestead finishes has a kit also.
Hope this helps
 

starr moore

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Here is a thread on the subject that I posted some years ago.
I found that sodium Hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide worked best. I was able to buy a kit from Woodcraft and I understand that Jeff Jewitt at Homestead finishes has a kit also.
Hope this helps
Thanks Don. I will check those out.
 

Jim DeLaney

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The lye/peroxide mix will likely be your best bet (be aware of it's inherent hazards!), but it's likely that the cedar will re-darken over time.
Is this Eastern white cedar, Western red cedar, or one of the aromatic cedars? they'll likely all react differently to the bleach.
 
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