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RussellAP

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594 days ago

I don’t know where I was, probably in the projects section, but I saw where a LJ had turned a very delicate pedestal bowl and used a blue dye on it. The wood was a very light color like maple and it turned out beautiful.
I invested in a small bottle of blue dye and can’t wait to try it out.

My main question is, do you dilute it or just dab it on while spinning on the lathe with a cloth?
I want to be able to see the grain so I want to make sure it doesn’t blotch. I would like it to work like any oil, even though I have no idea if it is oil or not, likely water based.

If you’ve ever used it, tell me the ins and outs.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 594 days ago

You need to find out what type of dye you have. They can have several carriers. If you put it directly on the wood, you’ll have a mess. Also, there are several methods of dying. You need to let us know which project it was. Some put black on first, sand it mostly off, then cover with the color. There are other ways.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 594 days ago

Gary, it’s called TransTint. Comes in a 2 ox squeeze bottle. You can mix it with anything, water, alcohol, shellac…
Tell me about this process.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 594 days ago

I’ll PM you.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 594 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/trifern/blog/9400
Here is a like to trifren’s blog on his method. Check out his projects

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 594 days ago


Solar Lux Meduim Brown Walnut on maple. Clear lacquer for the topcoat. More red than I wanted.

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/you-and-dye/?category_name=finishing

Pretty good primer. I’ve used dye a couple of times and diluted it with alcohol and applied it with a spray gun until I got the color I wanted. I figured you can always add color but can’t easily remove it. I like it because it doesn’t splotch like stain. But it doesn’t give wood the contrast that stain does either.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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