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#1 posted 04-10-2019 03:59 PM

Thanks all. I had seen the first article, but what I m trying to get at is how to accellerate the onset of “intermediate color” portion. Has anyone tried putting purpleheart in the sun, unfinished, then finishing with UV inhibiting finish?

- JohnMcClure

My results don’t agree with Wood Finders website time line?
Suggest it depends where you live, and sun/UV index?

Here is AZ, can cut Amaranth in the morning, set grey wood on a table outside shop for a few hours, and by lunch time it’s light purple. Takes couple hours longer in winter. Have to make sure I rotate the boards every few hours or color gets radically different between sides.
Left a piece outside for two weeks, and it was faded/beached brown.
Similar to results from Shipwright’s testing posted above.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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