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February 24, 2017

Q. I work on Saguaro Skeletons and am looking to bleach the color of the wood and Clorox doesn't work and I have tried commercial bleach and it doesn't work either. I have seen bleached skeletons at art shows and they are really white. Do you have any ideas for me ?
Thank You

Mike Cameron
Wood Worker - Surprise, Arizona. U.S.A.

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August 22, 2017

Q. I'm trying to bleach or lighten saguaro wood. I've sanded and cleaned the piece but would like to make it lighter. I have tried bleach without any success.

Julie Filauri
- Arizona USA

February 12, 2022

Q. Did anyone ever get back to you with an answer? I am trying to do the same thing but can never get them truly white like the artist.
Thank you for any info.
I see this is an old post but still interested.

Marsha Milne
Hobbyist - Surprise Arizona

February 2022

A. Hi Marsha. I'm neither an artist nor have I tried it, but there is wood bleach [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] like oxalic acid which may work better than chlorine bleach. Thread 54875, "Oxalic acid as wood bleach?" may be interesting to you.

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