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Ok, its not me , I swear its my designer, but is it possible to bleach wenge?
Never tried, but I don't think so.
I feel your pain. The Interior designer brought in on my current project wants to stain out all the red from my wonderfully figured Bubinga.
This is like finding the most expensive fabric he can find, then dying it black. I wish I'd just used poplar.
I'm hoping I can find a finishing process to preserve the natural beauty of this wood, then use something on top that can be reversed later.
Sure it is. Woodturners do it all the time. Plenty of info on a Google search.
It definitely works. I do it pretty regularly - like you, it's for a designer - a limited production type situation.
These are small tabletops. I use regular Clorox bleach (have tried 2 part wood bleach etc but find that Clorox works as well or better), sprayed on with a plastic spray bottle. The trick is to get a real saturation on the wood - I try to get as much of a puddle on the surface as I can - while keeping the coverage consistent and minimizing drips and splashing.
It basically takes all the color out of the brown grain lines, and leaves the black lines as is. So you end up with a black and white zebra striped look. Pretty cool and dramatic if you can get it nailed down.
I nearly cried when I read the question. But I have had a customer ask to stain maple to look like cherry and another to bleach mahogany to go with her maple table. All doable but …
The guys around here all use Clorox.
Is she HIGH??? Pay $20 a board foot for black and turn it light.....Leave it to a designer!