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Forum topic by jimmyhopps posted 80 days ago 365 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jimmyhopps

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80 days ago

About to start my first dye job, and wonder what people use to apply and wipe off? I’ve seen at HD they sell some ‘stain applicator’ pad, which look like cloth covered sponges. do you just pour it on out of your container? What do you all use?

for excess removal on my test pieces, i was soaking up the remaining fluid with a foam brush. anything wrong with this?

FYI this is for a table top that is about 3’ x 6’


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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 80 days ago

Spray it if you can. Much more even results.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 80 days ago

I spray it when ever I can. I have a problem getting even color with any other method, but when I have to I’ll use a foam brush for application, and a sponge to wipe it off (using a sponge allows you to squeeze the dye back into the can). A lot of guys (apparently) “flood” the surface, let it sit a minute, then remove the excess (pick a method and someone has used it). You asked about a foam brush and all I can say is that if the color is good (even) to your eye, there’s nothing wrong with it.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 80 days ago

I don’t have a spray system but have used dyes 4 or 5 times. I use a foam brush to apply it, and depending on the size of the project, either wipe it off with a foam brush to reuse (as Fred mentioned) or, on smaller projects, wipe it off with an old t-shirt. I did this on a large entertainment center shelving system I made, it had 2 panels that were 72”x16”, and it worked just fine.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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rrww

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#4 posted 79 days ago

Don’t use stain pads

If you can’t spray – use foam brush (the biggest possible for the project) or if the project is big enough use a foam roller. Keep a wet edge. Use paper towels to clean off.

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 79 days ago

A squirt bottle works to apply the dye. I have had good luck brushing and wiping it too. It can be wiped off with a clean, lint-free cotton rag.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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bowedcurly

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#6 posted 79 days ago

I use a squirt bottle too and also use Transtint liquid it seems to penetrate better than water based pwder, ruined a oak table with water based dye used alcohol based transtint and had great results

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

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 79 days ago

I use the water based transfast powders and they work fine for me.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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