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Forum topic by jimmyhopps posted 310 days ago 639 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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310 days ago

when filling a knot with epoxy, is there any difference if using stain vs dye to color the epoxy? have a dark knot in a walnut board. Wondering if the stain would be more cloudy than a dye.

thanks jocks.

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#1 posted 310 days ago

I haven’t tried it yet but a friend uses the oil paint colors of burnt umber and sienna with epoxy and it looks good to me.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 310 days ago

I usually use a five minute epoxy, brand doesn’t seem to matter, and add ink from a black pen, bics are cheap and quick to disassemble and I’ve never had a problem with the epoxy not setting rock hard. Even with the slightest amount of ink the result completely black. I’ve never tried just slightly tinting the epoxy if that’s what you’re going for.

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#3 posted 309 days ago

Ooooh I like the Bic sourcing.

I use a much more laborious laboratory thingy: I have a stand with a candle and a rack above and I let the candle burn under a tomato sauce can until there’s a smear of lampblack (carbon). Snuff the candle, invert the can and mix the epoxy right there.

I have used HF 5 min epoxy but the bubbles tend to stay entrapped, sometimes resulting in one or two more applications. If I can do the job at the end of the day I use higher quality stuff, T-80, and the bubble problems are minimal next day.

This is one of the many gems I learned many years ago from Robert Miller, one of my two wonderful mentors. I wish I could find him to thank him.



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#4 posted 309 days ago

I have used Transtint powder dye some it actually worked one time but that’s the only time I tried, I also used some marking fluid black and it worked really good cause I wanted that look of pure black epoxy in some deep voids and long cracks if that helps, but really I don’t do that much woodworkin anymore, have a good day make some dust

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#5 posted 309 days ago

I have had a need to color a number of batches of epoxy black. I bought a small bottle of ink pad ink. Worked great, just don’t get it on your fingers.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 309 days ago

I have mixed chalk line chalk (from Lowe’s) with epoxy to get a contrasting color to fill voids and cracks in Mesquite.

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Read a tip about using food coloring in epoxy. Haven’t tried it yet myself.

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#8 posted 309 days ago

Read about using Testor model paint as a colorant for epoxy so tried it. Worked great! It only takes a drop or two of paint, comes in just about any color and is very cheap.

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#9 posted 308 days ago

A friend of mine uses India ink to colour his epoxy.

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#10 posted 307 days ago

+1 with JayT——-I color the epoxy for gluing more transparent pen blanks. I reverse paint the pen blank and add the color into the epoxy…it works great….but like JayT says don’t use any more than a couple drops.
Testors gives you a lot of colors to pick from and they are 1.50 per bottle.

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#11 posted 307 days ago

I have a friend that makes acrylic pen blanks and he uses women’s powdered make up. I’ve never tried it, but it seems like it would work with just about any epoxy.

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#12 posted 307 days ago

You can use powdered tempra paint to color epoxy and it works on waterborne and solvent based epoxies. The plus side is you can make some great special effects with bright colors.

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#13 posted 307 days ago

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