trans tint dye removal

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Forum topic by Bob Casey posted 09-26-2014 08:45 AM 969 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2014 08:45 AM

I am not happy with the way a project came out. I wanted to try trans tint dye I mixed it with water put on a tiger maple piece looked good except on the exposed end grain it was just too dark. I was told by a friend I should have shellacked the end grain first Oh well too late. Is there anyway product that will remove the dye from the total project so that the project can be redone or just toss it and make another

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 11:41 AM

Try wiping with denatured alcohol. It won’t pull all of it, especially on the end grain where you need it removed. I’m not sure if a stripper would do it. Sand the rest of it off if possible rather than making a new piece.

Here’s a process I use for end grain – sand up to 600 grit, and then use smooth, polished metal (steel, iron, brass) to burnish the end grain. The end grain is the end of the cells, like end of a straw. This smashes the end of the cells down and dramatically reduces absorption. Try it on a piece of scrap.

While it works, I’m not a fan of using shellac or other finish to reduce end grain absorption. I find it impossible to not get some on the adjacent surfaces, reducing absorption, it’s easy to put too much on, and it’s difficult to get an even coat for even absorption.

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 11:44 AM

Cut the end grain off and use the Maple for a smaller project.

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