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Forum topic by HuckFinn posted 07-17-2015 06:23 PM 744 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2015 06:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: staining red oak water based stains color stain staining hardwood

Im using planks of red oak for a scroll saw project and im looking to stain it green and blue.
Anyone know of any color stains (water-based or other) that work well with red oak?

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 06:37 PM

Try a non-grain-raising stain, that is a waterborne dye dissolved in a solvent carrier. Behlen solar-lux is one example of a non-grain-raising dye. These are best applied by spraying, although you can buy a retarder to provide more open time for wiping the stain. Alternatively, you can use the dye in combination with shellac, lacquer or a waterborne finish to make a toner, which you then spray onto the surface. Go lightly and sneak up on the colour. If you make the surface too dark, to won’t be able to correct it, short of stripping and refinishing.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 09:08 PM

My experience is that staining red oak green or blue is difficult due to the original reddish color of the oak.

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 09:15 PM

Transtint makes dyes. Here is a bench I build for a friend out of oak plywood and oak edge banding.

She wanted it black. So, she got black!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 12:49 PM

Need more info – indoor or outside? Do you care about the clarity of the finish? For indoor and good clarity, Transtint dyes are my choice, and they have green and blue. I’ve colored a lot of red oak with transtint. Transtint will only mix with water or alcohol based products. Those two will not color the pores of red oak due to ph and tannins. There are several ways around this, but my preferred method is:

o Use Target Coatings WR4000 stain base, a waterborne BLO emulsion, mix Transtint in directly. The water allows the dye to mix, the oil provides a binder.
o Finish sand the surface with 320 and leave the dust
o Get the stain on the surface – spray, brush, wipe – and wipe down the surface.

Any WB stain base with a binder will work the same way with Transtint. GF has a “natural” WB stain base that should work the same. If you aren’t concerned with clarity, and WB or OB paint could be thinned. The Transtint could be added to WB paint to add color intensity (reduced by thinning).

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