Stabilizing Wood Using Polycryl

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Polycryl by Preservation Solutions

Polycryl is a wood fortifier that fills and strengthens the cells in soft, punky, or spalted wood.  It drys clear and will not yellow. This makes turning spalted wood a little easier. After treating your wood with Polycryl the wood must be finished as this is a water-soluble product. All types of finishes and glues can be used once Polycryl has dried into the wood.

This product is water-soluble and penetrates best when the wood is wet. It remains water soluble after it has dried into the wood and should not be used for outside projects.

Polycryl is available directly through Preservation Solutions
for about $17.00 32oz bottle.

32 oz Polycryl – $16.95
Retail Price: $26.95
You Save: $10.00
from: Preservation Solutions, LLC

NOTE: If you are contemplating trying out the above products, please be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and safety precautions.

Stabilizing your Wood Using Acryloid B-72

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Acryloid B-72

Also called paraloid B-72 at times, is a soluble methacrylate copolymer used in the art restoration business. Some knifemakers have used it as a stabilizer for wood, bone, etc.  I didn’t have any luck finding information on how to use this product, but did find several references to it in the knife forums saying that it’s a good product for stabilizing knife scales.

Acryloid B-72 is available as a 100% resin in the form of beads.

NOTE: If you are contemplating trying out the above products, please be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and safety precautions.