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Forum topic by Drumn2121 posted 03-28-2018 05:12 AM 616 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2018 05:12 AM

The pictures don’t do it enough justice but I have found that if you don’t want to leave it outside to color up you can use black lights to do it. I went to Walmart and bought a couple cheap light bulbs and put them in a spot lamp. This is over the course of 4 days on one side only. The first picture is the side not under the lights and the second is the side they were shining on.


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#1 posted 03-28-2018 11:29 AM

15 to 20 minutes in the sun. That’s all that needed.

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 06:22 PM

I have used a heat gun in the past to make the color pop after sanding. Helped a ton!

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 07:16 PM

Does the heat gun have much effect on the other woods?

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#4 posted 03-28-2018 07:46 PM

Thanks! I have a nice piece of purple heart for a box and will use your technique. I appreciate your posting this.

-- Dale

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#5 posted 03-28-2018 08:56 PM

Guys, it’s photosynthesis, not brain surgery. It just wants UV.

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#6 posted 03-28-2018 09:41 PM

Much faster with a UV-B light (fingernail polish dryer) or UV-C (pond sterilizer).
Of course some PH will completely ignore your attempts.

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