Transfast homestead dye/topcoat compatibility

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Forum topic by Russell Eck posted 07-26-2014 09:32 AM 1173 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Russell Eck

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07-26-2014 09:32 AM

I am dying wood with the water based transfast dye powder, on their website it says “can be top coated with any finishing material”. Does anyone know if I can use a water based acrylic polyurethane or will that destroy and lift my dye. Do I have to seal with dewaxed shellac first?

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 02:35 PM

You’ve got two options. There may be more but I’ve not discovered them yet. You can seal it in with a drying oil or oil-based stain with sealing properties like Minwax or spray on a sealer coat of whatever finish you want to use. Using a brush or rag to apply a topcoat tends to smear the color around. The spray gun doesn’t so long as the first coat isn’t heavy enough to cause runs or drips.

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