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Old 12-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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slightly burnt driftwood... usable?

My art teacher gave me a large piece of driftwood and it has a few charred spots on it. Is it usable the way it is, should I try to sand it off? Or can I even use it?
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charcoal is burnt wood, how often do people use put that in their t
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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darn fat fingers! as I was saying how often do you hear of people putting charcoal in their tanks
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:10 PM   #4
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I think if you can remove as much as possible it will be fine. I would just soak it and rub at the spots. If you feel it m need sanding then go for it. Just enough to remove the burnt area. Hope that helps. Good luck!
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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Well pardon me manbeast, I didn't know or I'm sure I wouldn't have asked.
And thank you phishfriend, I'll get some good sandpaper.
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I'm just curious as to how it got charred? Did your art teacher get it from your science teacher after some kind of science experiment? Sorry, just gotta know a little history about the wood...

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Old 12-25-2012, 09:32 PM   #7
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She said it came from a student years ago. I'm not sure how it happened. It's just as if the surface is charred.
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I hate rude members that have nothing of value to add to a members thread...

With that said...

Your fine. It won't harm your tank. Just try and brush what you can off and do your regular driftwood thing i.e. soak, clean, etc etc etc...

Once it's clean just put it your tank and I'm sure it will look amazing! Pics when your done
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Definitely soak it, you probably want to boil it to be safe.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:42 PM   #10
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Well its a pretty huge piece... Not sure how I'd boil it. I could probably pour boiling water over the charred parts at best. So do I really need to sand off the burnt parts or will it be ok after routine cleaning and etc..?
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