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Can I bleach Sapele wood? I want it much lighter & less red. I have tried rubbing down with coarse wire wool & applying lime wax unsuccessfully.

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Try using oxalic acid - you may be able to buy it at the local hardware store as "wood bleach"; it comes in crystal form to be mixed with water.

Pity, though, to take that marvelous color out of sapele! Good thing you didn't buy bloodwood (muninga) or redheart... 8)

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  • Note too that sunlight will gradually bleach most woods. – keshlam Aug 29 '14 at 17:21

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