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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 793
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 - 2:44 pm:   Edit Post

I have an old bass where the purple heart in the neck looks like dark walnut. This took about 20 -25 years.

How long does Vermillion last?
Username: mica

Post Number: 7816
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post

It depends - on how much light the wood sees and how much the finish yellows. If you had Vermilion along side that Purpleheart it would probably brown out at about the same rate.

A board of Vermilion or Purpleheart set out in the sun with no finish will brown out in one day. Keep your instrument in the case when not in use and it will retain color longer. The newer finish doesn't yellow like the old one, sometimes the added layer of yellow makes the brown look even more extreme.

If you sand the finish off and sand a few cells off the wood, it will brighten up again, it's only the outside layer than changes dramatically.

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