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#1 posted 11-21-2015 03:20 PM

I am using Behlen’s water based grain filler and Transfast powder dye. Homestead products makes both Behlen and Aqua coat grain filler. Below is a link, which you may have to copy and paste into your browser, that shows the various dyes, stains and pigments that work with the various Behlen grain fillers.

The viscosity of the grain filler matters. If it is old and somewhat dried out, you may consider mixing the dye in water before adding it to the filler. If the filler is fresh and wet, Which is what I had, I carefully added the dry tint until I got the color I wanted.

It took several attempts to get that color. I used the neutral colored grain filler, which is a light sand color, and the java Transfast dye. When combined the mixture turned black even though they dye is red. When applied, I got a dark and deep red when applied to elm.

I got the same color of mixture when I mixed the Transfast ebony – light grey to black depending on the ration of filler to tint. The end result, however, was different. Ebony was black. Java was dark red, an espresso like color.

Now, I need to remove the excess filler that I allowed to dry overnight. Depending on how that turns out, (if sanding removes the deep red stain), I will decide whether to dye the wood itself.

Hope this is helpful.

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