Show Off Figure with Dye
Let's apply some dye
Here's how to proceed with water-soluble dye, the type we prefer in most instances. When your project or its parts are ready to finish, sand the wood as usual and then raise the grain by wiping it with a water-dampened cloth. Let the project dry overnight, and then sand lightly with 320-grit sandpaper.This method prevents tiny wood fibers from rising again after you apply the dye.
Next, mix dye as shown in the photos at right. Use a glass or plastic container, and prepare more than enough dye to complete the job so you don't apply mismatched tones from two separate batches. Test the result on scrap that matches your project.
Use a foam brush or a common household sponge to apply water-soluble dye on wood, working in any direction. Flood the surface as quickly and evenly as possible to prevent lap marks and streaks. Also avoid drips on untreated areas. Coat the entire project at the same time. When possible, break large pieces into component parts, or apply dye prior to assembling project parts, to keep your dyeing area at a manageable size. When the surface is covered, wipe it immediately with a soft cloth to remove excess dye as shown right.
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