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Thumper
10-02-2009, 03:16 AM
I was curious whether anybody here owned Fleas or Flukes in the following colors:

Hibiscus (red)
Ukelyptus (green)
Poi-ple (purple)

I've got a Mango-colored Fluke that I love, but I was surprised to see the Mango finish is a stain, not an opaque finish - you can see the wood grain and knots in the wood. (I like this look a LOT, but I wasn't expecting it)

So my question is: are the colors listed above solid, opaque finishes, or are they stains, which allow you to see the grain of the wood?

Thanks!

UKISOCIETY
10-02-2009, 05:16 AM
My Flea was originally Hibiscus. I believe is was painted, because I sanded it down and repainted it pistachio.

jtafaro
10-02-2009, 06:23 AM
I have a hibiscus flea and it looks like its painted. But it sounds great.
Joe T

AnnaUK
10-02-2009, 06:24 AM
My Flea is hibiscus red. It looks painted to me, but I can see the grain through it.
I'll try and take a close up pic for you :)

AnnaUK
10-02-2009, 06:38 AM
Not sure if this is any help. The texture certainly comes through, but I don't know if you'd call it a "grain" really.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3974959954_25af67b9c1.jpg

existence
10-02-2009, 07:26 AM
I was curious whether anybody here owned Fleas or Flukes in the following colors:

Hibiscus (red)
Ukelyptus (green)
Poi-ple (purple)

I've got a Mango-colored Fluke that I love, but I was surprised to see the Mango finish is a stain, not an opaque finish - you can see the wood grain and knots in the wood. (I like this look a LOT, but I wasn't expecting it)

So my question is: are the colors listed above solid, opaque finishes, or are they stains, which allow you to see the grain of the wood?

Thanks!

Yup, same here. My Ukelyptus flea appears to be painted.

fleadermaus
10-02-2009, 07:59 AM
That's strange. I had a mango Fluke, but I would have said it was painted. The texture is similar to AnnaUK's photo above.

Thumper
10-02-2009, 08:37 AM
That's strange. I had a mango Fluke, but I would have said it was painted. The texture is similar to AnnaUK's photo above.


The grain on my Fluke is very faint, but you can definitely see the knots in the wood:

http://www.whatilikeaboutuke.com/fluke_closeup.jpg

Ukulele JJ
10-02-2009, 08:40 AM
My green Flea looks stained to me. I can see the grain of the wood big-time.

The (excellent, as always) pictures over on Ukulele Review (http://ukulelereview.com/2008/02/20/flea-ukulele-review/) show the kind of green Flea I'm talking about. Although my wood grain has a lot of tiny little "speck" things in it, like Thumper's Fluke

JJ

fleadermaus
10-02-2009, 10:53 AM
The grain on my Fluke is very faint, but you can definitely see the knots in the wood:

Interesting. I wish I still had my Fluke handy so I could compare.