Liquid vs Dry Dye

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Forum topic by Shay posted 03-05-2009 05:38 PM 3726 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2009 05:38 PM

Hey all, I’ve been sampling some different dye/gel combos to come up with some color choices on Maple and I was wondering if there’s any real difference between a dry dye and a liquid dye? I’ve currently only tried the homestead dry dye but was thinking of trying some of the TransTint liquid dye too.

If you’re curious, I’m planning on replacing our kitchen cabinets with maple cabinets, but first I need to find a color the wife likes.. :)


-- Centerville, MN - Hobbyist and DIYer

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 06:48 PM

Liquid dye is dry dye that has been dissolved in either water or alcohol.
The TransTint concentrates are easier and less messy than mixing powders with solvent.

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 07:34 PM

ok, well since my local store carries both and the powder comes in a smaller, and cheaper, container, I’ll stick to the dry for now until I find a color I like.

Thanks for the help guys.

-- Centerville, MN - Hobbyist and DIYer

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 09:29 PM

Have any of you tried to purchase just the primary colors? I want to experiment using dye instead of stain but am a little turned off because there are so many color choices to start with.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 09:38 PM


You can get the primary color aniline dyes from here:

Lee Valley

There are other sources.

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 04:08 PM

I prefer the liquid dye concentrate. It is easy to measure out x number of drops when diluting. The powder may not fully dissolve so you need to filter (always) and that leads to color variation.

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 04:47 PM

The problem I have with the metal acid dyes is the dissolve in so many solvents you must be very careful what you put over them. I only use them for toning. You can find a very large selection of dyes at I have no ties to this company in any way,just use many of their water soluble dyes.



-- jerry,mlchigan

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