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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?
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.
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?
Sorry for the late reply. It has to be a 2 part wood bleach. 2 popular brands are Daly’s and Klean Strip.
I heard bleaching floors can compromise the wood..is this true?
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.