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Bleaching Saguaro (Cactus) Skeletons


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 ?
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Mike Cameron
Wood Worker - Surprise, Arizona. U.S.A.
February 24, 2017

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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
August 22, 2017

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 12, 2022

A. Hi Marsha (and others),
I'm neither an artist nor have I tried it, but there is wood bleach/oxalic acid [on eBay or Amazon] , which may work better than chlorine bleach. Thread 54875, "Oxalic acid as wood bleach?" may be interesting to you.

Luck & Regards,

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Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
February 2022

A. Commenting on the latest post and agreeing that there's wood bleach. I am going to try it out in the next few days.

Daisy AZ
Hobbyist - Tempe Arizona
February 21, 2024

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