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    I found a piece of very green poplar. I intend to use it on a project I am about to start.
    The last time I used poplar the green bits turned brown. I used Bartleys gell varnish on that.
    Any suggestions on what kind of finish I could use that will keep the green highlights?

    This will be my first semi serious intarsia piece.
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    Someone either told me or I read somewhere, that you can keep Poplar green by wiping it down with a 50/50 vinegar an water solution. I have never tried this, as I haven't had a problem so far! I have used Old Masters gel finish for about 8 years or so, and a couple of my older intarsia piece's, that I still own and have Poplar in them still have the green coloration. I know untreated Poplar will evenually turn brown.

    Last edited by Scroller Patroller; 03-19-2007, 10:23 AM.
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    • #3
      I've found with the poplar, nothing stops it...but any finish will slow it down at least. I've tried teak oil too, and it made no difference...but I have some that is still green after years and some that turned brownish..some closer to the sun and some far from it...seems like some lucky boards stay green longer than others, and I have no explanation as to why.
      Jeff Powell


      • #4
        Hay Rolf. I know this is probley taboo. or a least a no no. but it does seem that the light browns that wood in my area too. no matter what i put on it. soooooooooo what i do. is. hears that taboo, i was talking about , I just use leather dye, and then a finish like poly, or, would you belive, fiberglass res. your friend Evie


        • #5

          I have had good luck in using WATCO teak oil for the first coats beacuse it has UV inhibitors in it. After it is thoughly dry I apply a satin laqure finish.


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