These high-grade water soluble dyes work very well for coloring your own laminates or purflings where you want complete penetration. The reaction of the tannins in the wood with a solution of vinegar and dissolved iron particles will impart a black color to the wood. I used a dark walnut dye on hard maple, sanding it back after each of the 3 applications, and was amazed at how great the grain looked afterwards. While the coffee is still warm (not hot), use a paintbrush or rag dipped into the coffee and apply it to the wood.
Some companies use dye or a mixture of dye and pigment, but they usually contain binder, even when dye is the only coloring agent. While Rit is non-toxic, it is not a food-grade dye so we would not suggest it for dyeing the bread or cheese boards. Hi Debra, You can dye your cotton curtains in the washing machine as long as the fabric will have enough room to freely move around. There are small, craft-size bottles for those who only have small wood items to dye or you can get large, 500 ml bottles if your project involves staining something as big as a deck. A third method for coloring wood is by a chemical reaction of various solutions with the wood itself.
If you’re using the immersion method, you’ll need the same amount of dye with 2 ‘’quarts” of water (depending on the size of your product). Hi Mary Jo, Wood and wicker finishes normally consist of wax, shellac, drying oil, lacquer, and varnish, which would keep the dye from adhering. If the dye is too dark much of the color can be removed with a clean damp cloth.
For that reason, dyes are transparent, meaning they let light into the wood and do not obscure natural wood figure and overall character. Adding household dyeing agents or pigments to wood is generally the safest and easiest method for coloring wood, if you want to try non-standard procedures. I understand this fear of dyes… I was anti stain for many years, exploring the depths of the wood and it’s various colors within, but then I saw Blakes jelly fish table and decided to try colors.. then I saw Trifern’s vases and his blog on dyes… and fell in love.
Apply the dirty water to wood and just like stain, it will leave color on the surface. The goal of the sanding is to remove all of the filler in the field (the light area of the wood) of the wood leaving the filler in the grain pits only. The water-soluble dyes are ideal for wood turnings because of their color brightness and clarity. Since water based dyes cannot be sprayed over prepped wood that leaves us with alcohol based dyes. They can custom make dye stains and wiping stains just like the ones used by big companies.
Why it’s overrated: This color is not natural, it’s from beetles that infest and bore into the tree, leaving a series of holes in the wood itself, bringing in fungus that discolors the wood. I do the water wash to raise the grain then lightly rub it down with #320 grit. They keep the wood looking vibrant and prevent cracking and warping due to exposure from the elements. All 19 dye colors (10 wood tones & 9 accent colors) are intermixable to produce custom shades. For this reason I suggest that wiping on dyes be reserved only for a wood that requires little or no filling. Wet the surface of the wood with a damp paper towel while it is spinning on the lathe.
Leave the lye solution on the wood only until you have good color, usually just a few minutes. Dyeing the wood will take a total of about 30 minutes, spread over a time of 5 to 7 days. A scratch to the surface will reveal white wood underneath because no dye was applied to the bare wood. The wood should be bleached before using the light or transparent colors such as the yellow or red. Water will evaporate much slower than alcohol and as such allows the dye solution a longer working time. Applying water to tight bends on the top and bottom of the outer two layers will make it easier to achieve tighter bends.
The best way to go, in my opinion, is to use liquid dye concentrates such as Transtints in an NGR solvent such a methanol or the special mixture I’ve invented that consists of acetone, butyl cellosolve and glycol ether PM (but hey, I’ve always been good at chemistry). If the color doesn’t appear dark enough you can either wipe on more solution or strengthen the solution by adding more powered dye. Sometimes these spots can be re-dyed but it is difficult to dye the spot back to the hue of the surrounding area.
The majority of commercial stains, those you buy at the home store or paint store, are pigment based, but not all are. After dyeing a surface, add a different-color dye to produce a combination of the two. When the wood dries completely, see if the color is dark enough for your liking. There is not a better color design than one with a dye stain under a wiping stain. The wood bleach made by Kleen-Strip® will give good results without a lot of effort.
A superior blend of high quality pigments which penetrate deep, to provide long lasting colour highlighting the natural beauty of the wood. You could give the basic bucket method a try using 1 bottle of dye to about 6 gallons of water. There is no British standard of wood colours, which is why different brands of wood dye are different colours. At present, most gel stains are oil based pigment stains, so they behave rather like the liquid versions of oil based pigment stains.