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Old 11-09-2018, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Some box elder questions

I have a few questions about red flame box elder. Years ago I took down a big red flame box elder ( didn't know what I had and wish I had it back now !!!), the red turned brown very quickly after being cut. So here is my questions.
1. What finish would you suggest to put on that will help it stay red?
2. How long do I have before I need to turn the blanks before the color would be gone and I lose them?
The blanks are not stabilized if that will make a difference. Looking forward to learning some more from the experienced helpers here. Thank You.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sunlight is your enemy . I have 10 year old blanks in a cardboard box in my basement that are still red . Not aware of any finishes that will help much . A UV (ultra-violet) absorber in theory should help a bit , but most common finishes that I`m aware of don`t contain one . Best solution is to make sure your customers are aware that the colour will eventually turn brown , but they can delay the process by keeping the object out of direct sunlight .

Don`t think stabilization helps , but have not done a test to check .

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Old 11-09-2018, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you Wayne for the advise it is much appreciated.
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