Mahogany wood is very popular in the wood furniture industry. Many furniture products in various types and items are made from mahogany wood. With the right model and finishing, mahogany wood can produce very interesting furniture product. Mahogany wood usually is finished in the dark brown or reddish brown color, according with its basic color. The red brown basic color of the mahogany wood makes it is quite difficult to produce light finishing color.
But in this article we wrote the finishing process for mahogany wood to make light color. We want to share finishing process to make the mahogany finish with light brown color with antique models. The wood used was crotch mahogany veneer at the panels and solid wood mahogany at the frame.
Finishing process is as follow.
We mixed 1 part of Hydrogen peroxide and 1 part of the sodium hydroxide and sprayed it to the wood surface until the wood was wet entirely with the liquid. The we put the wet wood under sunlight for about 3 hours to let bleaching chemical reacted and oxidized the wood. After about 3 hours under sunlight the wood was dry and a white wood surface was obtained. But we had to wait for about 24 hours to ensure the reaction was perfectly done.
- 2. Physical distress.
The process of distressing damaged the furniture and made some sharp and rough surfaces. We sanded the surface to clean the roughness from the distressing to make smooth surface. The sanding was also done to cut the arisen wood fibers caused by the wetting of the wood at the bleaching process. Sanding also continued to break the sharp edges. The antique finishing didn't allowed the sharp edges. The antique object should be used for long time and every sharp edges has to be wear and smooth. Any sharp edges should be sanded to became smooth and ware.
- Applications of wood stain.
- Wash coat application.
After the wash coat dry then did the sanding to the wash coat to cut the arisen wood fibers. Scuffed sanding with # 280 was done to overall surface until a smooth surface was obtained.
- Glaze application.
To make more life appearance of the grain, we highlighted the glaze. The steel wool was used to wipe the glaze layer in some part to enhance the wood grain.
We let the glaze for about 1 hour to make sure the glaze thoroughly dry.
- Sealer application.
- Antiquing with glaze.
The glaze was also applied to make spatter and cow tail mark to make more dirty and antique looked.
The next process was the second sealer. The sealer was applied by spray as the first sealer.
After about 30 minutes the NC sealer was dry and we sanded the sealer to make smooth surface for the top coat application.
- Application of top coat
After the top coat dry we continued the finishing process by sanding the top coat layer. We sanded top coat layer with # 280 grade sandpaper to make smooth and even surface. Then we re did the top coat application. A ten sheen NC top coat was sprayed evenly to overall surface. We let the finish dry for 24 hours to ensure the top coat was fully dry.
antique light mahogany finish
The result was an antique furniture with light brown transparent mahogany color.