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Forum topic by Mark posted 11-07-2015 12:14 AM 723 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2015 12:14 AM

I see several people use black leather dye to stain finials. Why not just black paint? If you seal the finial first wouldn’t that do the same thing?

-- Mark


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#1 posted 11-07-2015 12:21 AM

You can also use Mosers water based black aniline dye specifically made for wood or india ink.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 11-07-2015 02:54 AM

Paints are pigments and dyes have much smaller particle sizes. Dyes will soak in and can see the grain.

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#3 posted 11-08-2015 04:05 AM

A personal choice Mark, black is black whichever way you achieve it. Just find which is better for you.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 04:05 AM



Paints are pigments and dyes have much smaller particle sizes. Dyes will soak in and can see the grain.

- Redoak49

Ditto. In addition to obscuring the grain, seems like paint would have the disadvantage of wearing through more so than a dye.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 03:29 PM

From personal experience found leather dye & calligraphy or India ink penetrate wood better than food coloring & cloth dyes plus no mixing required. Either dye or ink work just fine for small items like finials because no mixing required & low cost.

Depends upon the leather dye you buy, may end up painting once dry. Two inexpensive dyes like Fiebing’s & Kiwi shoe dye work well but may need to paint as well or wax. There are more expensive brands touting acrylic mix but have not used them. You can also buy leather paint again have not used.

Calligraphy & India ink normally can anywhere for not much money.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Speedball-Super-India-Ink/23480645
http://www.michaels.com/pens-and-ink/calligraphy-ink/845161174

If look at cost and mixing requirement for trans-tint or aniline dyes make no sense for small items like finials!

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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