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Let's apply some dye
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Boil water, let it cool for 1 minute, and
add powdered dye in the ratio of 1
ounce per quart of water. Let it cool
before application.
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Mix the dye thoroughly and pour it
through a coffee filter, as shown
here, or pantyhose. This step
removes undiluted lumps of 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.

Continued on page 4:  Fine-tune the result


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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