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When to choose dye

When to choose dye

Steve Mickley, host of our finishing forum at, offers these recommendations for the best results.

Use dye or stain

Use dye


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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