what material/fabric to use to apply dye and to wipe off?

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jimmy J

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05-12-2014 01:57 PM

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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#1 posted 05-12-2014 02:26 PM

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 05-12-2014 03:59 PM

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.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 05:02 PM

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.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 06:57 PM

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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#5 posted 05-12-2014 07:01 PM

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.

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 05:34 AM

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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#7 posted 05-13-2014 09:13 AM

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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