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The Schmitts' favorite aniline dyes

The Schmitts' favorite aniline dyes

Water-soluble anilines are easy to work with, and their lightfastness (resistance to fading) rates higher than other types. Although there are several brands, the Schmitts use only those of J.E. Moser, available from woodworking supply dealers, which makes more than a quart of stain with Michael's ratio. Listed below are the Moser aniline colors that give the perfect shades for their furniture, along with some of Michael's comments.

Light fumed. "For an even tone under the final color"

Medium fumed. "Used as above, but has a greenish cast to create richer browns."

Dark fumed. "As a final color over either of the above."

English brown. "Similar to, but richer in red and deeper in color, than Dark fumed."

Flemish brown. "A final color that duplicates Stickley's deepest tone, which he called dark fumed. It grabs onto the quartersawn oak's rays for breathtaking effects."

Flemish black. "A final-coat black with brown overtones. Not for the timid, so try it on scrap first."


Comments (4)
ms-ss wrote:

Dye doesn't have to raise the grain, nor fade in sunlight. Use Behlen's Solar-Lux. The only problem I have is getting a good color chart for the many colors they have.

3/31/2014 09:05:01 AM Report Abuse
pintodeluxe wrote:

While the final product looks great, that is one heck of a finishing schedule. First they use water based dye - which causes the grain to raise terribly, and adds another step. Then they use toned lacquer, which in my opinion is THE most difficult process to master when finishing. This is certainly not a technique for beginners. I usually use tinted lacquer when I want to obscure the grain, so it is strange that it is used on beautiful QSWO.

3/27/2014 10:50:21 AM Report Abuse
DaveS2 wrote:

A google search on the dye color names suggests that they use JE Moser dyes

3/16/2010 11:21:49 AM Report Abuse
mappcs2570232 wrote:

It would be nice to know which dyes are used. Without that the article doesnt impart much knowledge.

3/15/2010 05:33:21 PM Report Abuse

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