How to dye pine

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Forum topic by MapleHead posted 03-24-2014 10:28 AM 841 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2014 10:28 AM

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Hi All

Last night I put a thin coat of pure Tung oil and mineral spirits, (50 – 50), onto my pine wood guitar body and neck. I rubbed it in nicely and the wood looks and feels great this morning. The pine is from Lowes, so who knows what type.
The pine has tight hard and soft bands and overall is very light. I want to darken it. I’ve looked into stains and dyes and I like the dye approach. Does anybody have any recommendations? I’m trying to avoid the blotch effect. I was thinking of mixing dye into another mix of my wash coat above. Afterwards I will put a couple more coats of Tung oil on and then maybe a beeswax. I really don’t want to get a hard lacquer or shellac or poly on it. I want to keep the wood feel.

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 11:45 AM

I have had good luck on pine using the water based stains by minwax after first apply a coat of minwax sanding sealer. My only experience with dyes is using them on raw freshly sanded wood. making to test samples is in order.

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 01:16 PM

As always experiment on some scrap. I would guess that the tung oil will act as a sealer and hopefully control blotching which pine is very prone to.

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