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  1. Renee Wixon 1 year ago

    Hi, I am admiring the Brazilian cherry with the gray stain. As I live in Minnesota it isn’t likely I can hire you. Can you tell me what you did/ what products you used to get this color?

    • James Alexander 1 year ago

      Thanks, Renee! It turned out very nice.

      After sanding we applied 2 coats of two-component bleach to remove the majority of red color. It was then followed by a grey oil-based stain and 3 coats of matte waterbased finish.

      • Tiffani Jedlicka 3 months ago

        We have brazilian cherry floors as well and can not find a contractor willing to bleach our floors. We are thinking about trying it ourselves in a small office and seeing how it goes Would you be willing to direct me to the bleach product that you used?

        • James Alexander 3 months ago

          Hi Tiffani,

          Sorry for the late reply. It has to be a 2 part wood bleach. 2 popular brands are Daly’s and Klean Strip.

  2. Annie Marshall 1 year ago

    I heard bleaching floors can compromise the wood..is this true?

    • James Alexander 1 year ago

      It’s my understanding that the chemical reactions which take place in the bleaching of wood, have not been studied well enough. In nutshell, bleach degrades lignin (wood glue) which leads to weakening and deterioration wood fibers at the surface. UV light has a similar effect on wood.

      But, in my experience, such effects appear to be extremely negligible. We didn’t see any noticeable difference in performance between bleached and non-bleached wood when conducting durability tests. We’ve tested it on red oak and Brazilian cherry thus far.