will wood bleach destroy grain patterns?
G'day everyone, this is my first post here.
I work as drum restorer in Sydney, Australia. I used to outsource most of my finishing work, but am now doing a lot of it myself. This week I have to stain and danish oil a drum kit. The outer ply on all drums is rock maple with a very nice grain pattern to it.
Although they are all mid '60s drums, one of the three drums is pinker than the other two as it had sat raw for some years, while the other two had stain and lacquer on them which i stripped off.
My question is, if I use a wood bleach to get the wood of all three drums to match, will I risk eliminating the beautiful grain pattern? If I don't bleach at all, is it such a big deal? I will be staining with quite a dark walnut colour. My research so far seems to suggest that an A/B bleach is the best bet for changing the wood colour as opposed to removing stain, but can't find info on this grain question.