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Purpleheart Wood Veneer

Purpleheart Wood VeneerPurpleheart is the king of color in the land of veneer. This species will turn to a rich brown color with exposure to UV sources such as sunlight, but here is a little trick I learned many years ago... A quick wash coat of bleach will typically brighten unfinished purpleheart veneer to a unique purple/pink color. After the veneer is applied to the panel (using a PPR glue), sand it smooth and apply a light coat of bleach. Once it has dried, neutralize the bleached surface with a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water. After the surface has completed dried,  apply my finish coat.

This process brightens the wood quite a bit and as daylight does its job of darkening the veneer again, I've found that it often stays purple-ish for many, many years.

Common Names:
  Peltogyne, Nazareno, Amaranth
Scientific Name:
  Peltogyne purpurea
  Purple to brown with lighter sapwood
  Central and South America (specifically Costa Rica, Colombia, and Panama)
  Very hard
  Medium texture with strong interlocked grain
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:
  According to Wikipedia: Purpleheart lumber is commonly used for general carpentry, interior and exterior decoration, furniture, cabinet work, flooring, marquetry, stairways, wooden boat building & restoration, and luxury coffins.
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