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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 66 days ago 1024 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Part of a current project that turned out better than expected. Months back I took some padauk scraps and soaked them in lacquer thinner to make a dye, this is the first time I’ve used it. This picture didn’t turn out well but the color is a nice reddish-orange and completely transparent.

Scroll down to see a short video.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|



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#1 posted 66 days ago

That is a beautiful color. Peachy.

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#2 posted 66 days ago

Nice tint. Glad you used the pieces instead of the dust. I haven’t used padauk in years. Sanded without a mask. Who knew I was one of the sensitive ones? Put me down with swollen shut eyes and a lung infection for over 3-weeks. Now, like you I use pieces to tint select pine.

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#3 posted 66 days ago

Great idea, thanks Rick.

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#4 posted 66 days ago

That is a great idea, I will have to try this, I have a lot of scraps from Osage Orange.

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#5 posted 66 days ago

This is a gr8 idea. I always liked the color Padauk produces.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 66 days ago

As Artie Johnson would say “Very interesting”. What did the soaking do to the scraps? Is the dye in the picture dry? Thanks for sharing, Rick.

-- God bless, Candy

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Rick M.

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#7 posted 66 days ago

The leftover padauk looked drained of color. The pieces in the picture were nearly dry, the lacquer thinner evaporates quickly.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#8 posted 66 days ago

Great idea and a really nice result too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 65 days ago

Interesting Rick. Wanting to tint and color woods, I’ve been curious as to how dyes were made and applied but I have yet to research it. I guess it’s all about the pigments and how they are acquired and what they are mixed with.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#10 posted 65 days ago

If exposed to sunlight for long periods, does this stain fade?? Thanks Bob.

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#11 posted 65 days ago

Well, my total experience with it is about 24 hours but no fading yet :) Padauk turns a darker red on exposure so I would expect this to fade or turn color. I’ll make a sample and toss it outside to see what happens.

BTW, solvent based finishes will leach the dye out of the wood just like they do with padauk (which is how I made the dye in the first place). So the first coat of finish (minimum) will need to be sprayed. Today I sprayed these with light coats of blonde shellac and they look terrific.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#12 posted 64 days ago

That is an interesting process and novel way to make a color to “dye” for!
I like the transparency of the dye!

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#13 posted 64 days ago

Nifty idea

-- Norman

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#14 posted 64 days ago

I wonder if you could get similar results using saw dust or chips?

-- God bless, Candy

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Rick M.

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#15 posted 64 days ago

The pieces I used were basically chips. I wouldn’t use fine dust just because it would make a mess. Best way probably is hand plane off a few slices, break it up and soak.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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