|Forum topic by Dekker||posted 842 days ago||1125 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
842 days ago
OK, so I’ll admit to a mess up… and I need help fixing it ;)
My wife wanted a small display for a craft sale this Saturday, green if possible, but “natural” looking (no poly). No problem – I thought I’d try my hand at dyeing the wood, and just use a wax to seal it.
The problem is that the wax did not properly seal off the dye, and the dye is coming through, even onto the hands! The dye (from Lee Valley) states “If you are using a water-based finish as a top coat, such as lacquer or urethane, a sealer should be applied first or the aniline color may bleed”. For some reason, I thought the paste wax (also from Lee Valley), which is waterproof, would not let it bleed! If I wipe it with a damp rag, the wood appears unchanged but the colour on the rag is intense.
Now that I’ve applied the wax, what can I do to properly seal the project, so that it can be used and handled (and not smell offensive) within about 12 hours of it being fixed? I don’t want to “buy” more products, since I will probably re-make the project after the weekend using scraps (not a complex project) but I can’t do it before Saturday..
Will a single coat (or two if I have time) of shellac be able to adhere to the wax?
I have some wipe-on oil varnish, but its label says to have the surface free of wax. If I wipe down the project with some kind of mineral spirits to remove the wax, then apply the varnish, would it adhere?
So, anyone with suggestions that I could do?
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