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post #1 of 5 Old 05-15-2016, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Too-dark matchbook veneers

I inherited some matchbook veneers that have beautiful figuring but are very dark, I think they may be mahogany but maybe not. I want to use them on tables but believe they need lightening to show up well. Is there any way to do this? thx
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Bleach works well if done right. Got any photos? Welcome to the forum!

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Thanks for your reply, difalkner, and for the welcome. I guess I should have waited to post. I am away from home and will be for a month, I was just thinking about what I want to do when I get home. Will post photos when I'm back.
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Two part wood bleach would be good to use however you can only lighten the natural color a little. I have a mahogany table that was darker and redder than I wanted and tried to bleach it and it didn't lighten enough. I ended up putting a green dye on the table to cancel the red and make the table more brown but I'm going to have to live with the dark. Bleach is more effective on removing artificial stains that have been put on the wood.
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Thanks, Steve, I'll probably try the bleach and the green dye on one of them just to see if they help at all. Otherwise they are still beautiful veneers and I expect they'll look good even if they are dark. Guess we can't control everything!
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