Quantity of dye/solvant to use for 2 sides of a 6'x3' table

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07-05-2014 03:46 PM

How much dye/solvant mix do folks generally mix up at a time for a piece about 6×3’? I have a transtint 2oz bottle which makes about 2 quarts of standard strength mix. However I’m going for a dark look on maple so will need probably double the concentration, so I have maybe 1 quart of solution available. I plan to finish the underside of the table with the same dye (practice area). Do you think I’ll have enough dye? Would hate to run out before my start.

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 08:20 PM

One quart of dye goes a long way, so my guess is that you probably have enough for the job. For what it’s worth, I’d apply one coat of a weaker dye solution and let it dry and then apply another coat of the same solution. This will give you more control over the final colour than you’d have if you tried to achieve the final colour with only one coat of dye. It’s a lot easier to make a light surface darker than it is to make an excessively dark colour lighter.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 03:29 AM

agree on the light coats. It was a poor analogy. It would have been better to say i need to coat a 12’x3’ table top and bottom using 2 quarts of the regular strength dye.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 03:46 AM

Dyes go a long way on wood. You probably have way more
dye than you need. If you want to check take a 144 sq. inch
scrap board face and see how much of your dye it takes
to get the color you want. I often apply dyes using a
little piece of t-shirt material clamped in a hemostat.

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