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Forum topic by NorCalQ posted 09-09-2013 01:44 PM 1084 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2013 01:44 PM

I have a white oak rocker that I just completed and it needs a finish. I’m planning on using TransTint Golden Oak aniline dye. I’ve never used the stuff and need some help. Some have said to use water and others have said to use DNA. Also, should I use a waterbourne poly or General Finishes Arm R Seal?

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 02:08 PM

I think if you want the best answer you should go straight to the source. Call Jeff Jewitt at homestead finishes and he can answer all your questions.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 02:47 PM

First time users with dyes almost always have problems. I’d suggest you use water for the dye, and put it on in light coats to build up to the color you want (easier than the other way). If your rocker has a lot of slats and other nooks and crannies, you may find this a taxing process, it is a lot easier if you can spray it on. After you’ve applied it and the water evaporates, you’ll think you really screwed up….very few things look as bad as a coat of dye once it’s dried, move one to your top coat, I think you may see some streaking in the dye if you apply a waterborne; the water may redissolve the dye and move it around. You can seal it with a dewaxed shellac, or go straight to an oil based finish. If you used water for the dye, the grain on the wood will be “raised”, maybe seriously, don’t worry. Put the first coat of finish on, let it cure, then sand smooth…the finish locks the whiskers in place, and after the first coat you’ll be past any raised grain problems. Using DNA to dissolve the dye does away with a lot of the grain raising, that’s why alcohol dyes are sometimes called NGR dyes (non-grain raising). But it also introduces some other stuff, like drying so fast it’s even harder to get a uniform coat of color. So I suggest skip the alcohol. Lastly, try it out on some scrap wood to see how it goes, that will be the best teacher.

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