Transtint dye question

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03-09-2009 04:27 AM

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Several of you sent a note welcoming me to LJ. Thanks for the welcome. Now on to my question. I was in need of trying to darken a stain that I was using on a new interior door. I had just purchased some Transtint dye for use on a different project and thought perhaps I could use a few drops to darken a small amount of stain. I put a little bit of stain in a plastic bowl and then added a few drops of the dye. The stain was Minwax pecan color. I was surprised to see that the transtint dye would not mix with the Minwax stain. Instead, it “beaded up” and sank to the bottom.

I have never used Transtint dye before and I am curious if anyone has an explanation for what I experienced?

-- Guy -- Swedesboro, NJ

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 04:43 AM

Trans tint dyes can be mixed only with water or water based and alcohol based products. The minwax stain is an oil based product. Oil and water will not mix.

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 04:44 AM

Probably because the solvent in Minwax is mineral spirits and the Trnstint dye is water based.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 04:48 AM

Thanks for your help. I’ll keep that in mind when I go to use it in the project for which I purchased the dye.

-- Guy -- Swedesboro, NJ

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