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Consider your dye options

Consider your dye options

Dyes are sold in liquid and powder form, and every dye is designed to dissolve in one or more types of solvent: water, denatured alcohol, or an oil such as toluol or turpentine. For your first efforts with dye, buy water-soluble powder for ease of use, reliable results, and good resistance to fading.

Dyes are available at woodworking stores, on Web sites, and from mail-order catalogs. We've had good results with powdered dye from W.D. Lockwood & Co., available in 1-ounce packets, depending on the color. Call 866/293-8913 to order, or visit

No matter how you color the wood, the end grain of any wood species presents a uniformity problem because it soaks up more dye or pigment, resulting in a darker color compared to face- and edge-grain surfaces. To produce a more consistent appearance, try one of two methods shown right. Before staining, sand the end grain with a finer grit than used on the rest of the wood, or seal the end grain with premixed shellac thinned 50/50 with denatured alcohol and lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper after the shellac dries.

Note: All face grain sanded to 220 grit

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Comments (5)
moonlightcreati wrote:

I use dyes on everything I spray. I put the liquid Transtint the dye in the gallon of mixed lacquer.

11/24/2013 07:46:12 PM Report Abuse
3-j wrote:

Raising grain is anti-intuitive and plainly does nothing but waste time and wood. Any time moisture is applied to wood, grain will be raised. What to do?? Simply dye the wood and add your first finish coat. Then you can sand smooth the surface for the last finish coats.

9/17/2010 10:32:59 AM Report Abuse
wneild wrote:

I have used the liquid Transtint dyes on several QSWO projects followed with 2-3 coats of a wipe on finish. The results are stunning.

9/16/2010 01:18:29 PM Report Abuse
bobgusty365771 wrote:

I recently finished a cabinet using dye on hickory face and door frames for a customer. A couple comments: 1. Using dye does increase finishing time quite a bit, 2. Even applying water to raise grain did not eliminate the raised grain from applying the water soluble dye, 3. applying water based final finish helped level out traces of laps or uneven application of the dye.

7/2/2010 09:30:45 AM Report Abuse
rxeagle wrote:

Very informative. Wish that I had seen this before I started using dye. The info on grain raise was very interesting. I have used bright colors and they worked very well.

7/1/2010 11:29:08 AM Report Abuse

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