best uv protection for aniline dye

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Forum topic by rowan posted 03-16-2010 03:34 PM 1651 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2010 03:34 PM

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I made a bed, colored it with aniline dye, finished it with Deft lacquer, and watched the sunlight discolor it BAD/UGLY over the years.

Which type of aniline dye is best for light fastness, and which type of finish is best for light fastness of aniline-dyed wood? I’m in love with bright colors, but I can’t handle the fading again.

Thanks much, all.

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 10:59 PM

I believe that water soluble keeps it’s color the best. But I don’t know about a UV finish.

-- Gerry,

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 02:18 AM

Yeah, after years of watching Norm stain projects with alcohol-based aniline dye, now they tell me it doesn’t hold the color. I’ve made a whole bunch of things over the years with alcohol-based aniline dye because it doesn’t raise the grain. Looks like we need to pre-raise the grain with water, sand, then dye with distilled water-based aniline dye. Sigh… Anyhoo, as far as UV protection, the only stuff I have experience with is marine varnishes, because sailboats are exposed to the sun all day long, every day. Whether that will help you with indoor furniture remains to be seen. I’m currently working with Epiphanes varnish that requires thinner to make it go on smoothly. In the past, I’ve used Bristol finished with mixed results and Cetol that gives a candy-coated look. All of these are available at West Marine, where I happen to work part time.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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