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Forum topic by Vinnie posted 01-22-2014 09:23 PM 2265 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2014 09:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood dyes

I cut out word art signs on my scroll saw and and I want to finish some with different colors red, green , blue etc. I was wondering if anyone has experience with wood dyes and where can I purchase them?

Thanks, Vinnie

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 09:35 PM

Vinnie, Constantines has water and alcohol dyes- premixed & powders. Van Dykes carries Behlen aniline powders but in a more limited color spectrum than Constantines….............Wes

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 09:50 PM

How about Hobby Lobby, or Lowes..Would they have them. I don’t have any of those stores where I live.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 10:23 PM

General Finishes wood dyes are excellent. has them and the $1 shipping is hard to beat

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 10:27 PM

I use Transtint water based dyes. You mix 1oz of dye in 1 quart of water. Pre-raise the grain on your project with some water, and once dry you can scuff sand it. Then you are ready to apply the dye.

Good luck.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 10:34 PM

You are almost certainly going to have to order them on line. Most of the woodworking supply vendors (Woodcraft, Woodworker’s Supply, Lee Valley, etc.) carry them. I’ve read that fabric dyes can work, if you want to try them. I have not, so it may take a bit of experimentation to get the appearance you want.

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 11:06 PM

Vinnie, I’ve got some dyes. I’ll send you a PM.



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#7 posted 01-22-2014 11:41 PM

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#8 posted 01-23-2014 12:54 AM

(((( WOW )))) You guys are pretty awesome! Ask and you shall receive. Thanks a bundle. I now have some options. I’ve watered down acrylic paints before and used them to stain with…..,but I’m sure you guys will agree dyes will work better.

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#9 posted 01-23-2014 01:21 AM

Is this close to you?

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store
1904 Genesee St #4
Utica, NY 13502

They should be able to help you with different tints or dyes.

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#10 posted 01-23-2014 01:33 AM

If you’re just looking for something cheap that will dye but isn’t the best, Rit clothes dye, available at wally world and many other places, will work. If you want the best water/alcohol based, Transtint dyes are the answer. Sherwin Williams has alcohol soluable, but last I checked it was ~$75 for a 16 oz bottle and they didn’t have smaller sizes. Transtint comes in 2 oz and up sizes. Anniline solvent dyes are also available.

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#11 posted 01-23-2014 01:46 AM

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombbay India inks, carried by some Hobby Lobby stores. Buying individual colors not very expensive and no mixing required.

I have used both white and black on small projects.

There are other brands of colored inks on the market that might work well for signs.

Just do a search for colored ink on line, many art supply stores near you may carry those brands.

-- Bill

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#12 posted 01-23-2014 01:50 AM

SW dyes may be expensive but they go a long ways. You can dilute it from 500% to 1500%
Different colors cost more or less than others because of the cost of the pigments.
Here is a bottle I happen to have had at home.
The label says it can be diluted with a variety of reducers, including water...

Sherwin Williams has different types as well and can direct you to the right product.
I’ve even had them give me small cans full for free before when I’ve only needed a little, although I buy a lot of product from them.

EDIT: I did a whole kitchen with this blue dye. The material was figured Sycamore, the finish was a gloss automotive acrylic enamel buffed to a high sheen. Looked outstanding for a Blue kitchen…

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#13 posted 01-23-2014 03:20 AM

For bright colors outside the normal range of ‘wood’ colors, Rit works well, and is dirt cheap.

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#14 posted 01-23-2014 04:14 AM

Keda Dye Inc. ( ) has a complete package of dyes (both water and alcohol soluble) that goes for $12.99 (including shipping in the U.S.).

Their kit makes 5 quarts of concentrate … you can mix to get any color you want.

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#15 posted 01-23-2014 05:02 AM

Well Ill throw in my one experience with dye. I refurbished a old Miller falls screw driver that had the handle painted grey. I sanded the handle down to wood and wanted to stain it the same color as the original handle which was a reddish cranberry. I looked around at all types of wood stain & dyes but did not want to spend $10 – 15.00 just to stain the screw driver handle. I thought about the old RIT dye my mom used on her clothes and proceeded to find a package of the dye in a craft store for about $1.50. Mixed it up dyed the handle let it dry for two days & finished the handle with wipe on poly. Came out perfect. Have been using the screwdriver for about a year an it is still like the day I finished it. Just something to think about, the stuff comes in many colors.

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