Have you any experience in dipping small pine products in dye?

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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 05-31-2013 06:00 PM 759 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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05-31-2013 06:00 PM

Think of a point of purchase display. End grain as well as flat grain. Customer wants it dark. Given your experience, what would you do and how?

Thanks kindly,


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#1 posted 05-31-2013 06:39 PM

Hi Lee:

It doesn’t really matter whether you dip the parts directly into the dye or use a brush or a rag to apply it. Dipping would be a good way to apply the dye to small parts. Dip the parts into the dye and then wipe off the excess with a cloth. The problem that I foresee here has less to do with the dye itself and more to do with the nature of the wood. Pine, as you may know, is prone to blotching. If you need to use a dye, you should probably pre-treat the wood with Charles Neil’s blotch control or a wash coat of shellac. Better yet, if you have access to spray equipment, add small amounts of the dye to your topcoat to make a toner. You can also buy small amounts of toner in an aerosol can from companies like Star, Minuteman or Mohawk. Failing that, you might like a gel stain, like the one made by Bartley. They don’t penetrate as much, though in my experience, you can still have some issue with blotching.

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 03:15 PM

Lee, I spray my dyes on with my hvlp gun and I found it’s the best way to get an even color.

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