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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-04-2016 06:51 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2016 06:51 PM

I’m going to try my hand at dying a vessel I turned using the stuff from L/V. Not real happy with the piece so this will be my experimental tryout. After I raise the grain with a water spray and sand I will apply the dye (I plan on using several colours). The big question is how to seal with the 1st coat to prevent washing a way a portion of the dye. I’m thinking water born varthane in a rattle can???? Thanks.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 08:29 PM

Any film finish will “seal” the first coat. Using a water borne might cause some bleeding, but spraying is the easiest application. I would suggest shellac.

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 05:07 AM

I haven’t used dye that often Mark to give any advice but have a look at LJ”s Bob Wemm and Ron Campbell pages and make contact, they have really mastered this process.

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 11:58 AM

The dye just needs a little binder to hold it. Dilute WB finish about 2:1 water to finish, add the dye and mix, apply. Available clear stain base can also be used. You can keep applying to deepen the color. Let dry, then do the next color the same way. Provides a lot of open time to prevent lap marks. With all but the 1st coat, don’t let the mix dwell for more than a few minutes or it can start to soften the binder. If deeper color is needed, let dry for 10 min or so and add another coat. If you plan to use WB finish as the topcoat, a coat of shellac will pop the grain. This project was done this way using Transtint dyes.

If you want to fade color along the piece, then it will have to be sprayed. Shellac would work well – 1/2 lb cut will do it. WB finish doesn’t set quick like shellac, so it is difficult to know “where you are”.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 01:34 PM

Here’s a piece I turned a couple of years ago using shellac as a binder …
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