Applying Aniline Wood Dye Stains
Aniline Wood Dye Stains - This type of wood floor finishes, will produce
vibrant, dense colors.
Use wood dye, when you want to blend two different wood types or simply just keep
the grain and surface of the wood one tone, where stain is unable to.
This wood floor finish is popular with furnitures and cabinets. And now, has found
it's way to wood flooring.
Normally only found with pre-finished floors. You now, can purchase dyes
through your local woodworker supplier.
In the Boston, Massachusetts, visit Rocklers on Massachusetts ave., in Cambridge or click
on the Rockler banner to go to their site, to purchase your Trans Tint-wood dyes or
General Finish-expresso black or brown stains.
Aniline wood dye stains comes in two forms, liquid and powder.
Yes, you have to make your own color. It's better this way, because these
pigments are pricey.
Dilute these pigments in either denatured alcohol or water.
It's easier to apply with denatured alcohol, which won't raise the grain. But the
fumes are ridiculously strong. Not to mention alcohol is super flammable. They use
this stuff for construction space heaters.
Unless your floors are outdoor or you're working on a piece of furniture
outside, avoid using diluted wood dye with alcohol.
Let's keep this away from pilot lights and open flames, also.
Applying Water Diluted Aniline Wood Dye Stains
Which leads us to a water
diluted wood dye stains
. Pour your dye into 5 gallon bucket, then add water.
A 2 oz. bottle will make 2 quartz of color. 1 quart will cover an estimated
This could be 1 coat or 3 coats, depending on material.
The amount of dye
needed will depend on how dark or dense
of a color you're
after, normally 3 coats of dye.
Once you have the proper amount mixed (mix only what your using
Mask off any surfaces that you don't want to get dye on.
You may not be able to clean
it off, this wood floor finishes is potent
You can use this to stain stone, although I don't recommend it, unless you're using one
specified for it. So cover
any finish surface.
: Excessive water can damage your hardwood flooring. Becareful not to apply
to much of your wood dye to rapid.
the wood grain by mopping it with water (damp sponge mop easiest),
before applying your wood floor finishes.
Use a maroon (Brillo) pad
to apply your wood floor finishes. By using this
pad, you'll knock down any raised wood grain, while applying the wood dye stains.
Apply the wood floor finishes with the grain of the wood flooring, for the first couple of
coats. It is not critical
to do so, though.
The color should be applied equally and evenly
Keep applying dye, maintaining a wet edge, until you reach your specific
to keep a wet edge, to avoid any lap marks. Also, avoid leaving any
puddles or ridges
, these will end up being a mark in the finish.
Repeat this process
until you've completed, applying your wood floor finishes.
Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes
before applying the next coat of wood floor
Repeat this process
, until desired color is achieved.
: During your final coat of wood dye stains. Use a damp mirlon pad
to clean off, any wet marks. So that an even color is left on the surface only.
Any lines or swirls caused during application should be removed.
Allow 24-48 hours to dry
, before top coating with a protective finish.
Manufacture only recommends 8hr
dry time, when using this wood floor finishes.
: You can use your wood dye stains as a wood floor finishes toner,
also. Only add to a 1 part water based finish. This cannot be used with a
catalyzer or hardener. I recommend 3 coats minimum, of top coats over your toner
If, you accidentally
get wood dye stains on other surfaces. Wait,
until you've got 2 coats
of protective coats on your hardwood floors, before
Avoid coating over
any dye along the base of your baseboards. Otherwise it will be
a bigger task of trying to remove it.
Use a damp rag that contains water
to clean up any dye. You can also use a
that has ammonia or bleach, something acidic, for clean-up.
Avoid getting, too much of the cleaning product, on your protective coat, for it can
the wood floor finishes.
with this finish, for the reward will be great. Make sure the wood
dye is completely dry, not just dry to touch.
Test a small spot, with a wet q-tip dipped in finish.
If the color is reactivated
from the q-tip, allow more time to dry.
Or add wood dye to a wood floor finish that is compatible
to it, and use it as a
- 1 part latex finish, Shellac, or sanding lacquer.
Coat the floor to seal
the color in, this will deepen the color. Add as many coats
that your prefer to get a dense color, careful not to add too much
. The color
will become opaque or solid like paint.
Test a small area
with the toner, to make sure you like the end result. Before top
coating, with a protective wood floor
: Not all polyurethane can be used with sanding lacquer, please read the
. Also, you can only apply one coat of sanding lacquer. Anymore than 1 will cause
your polyurethane finish to peel or delaminate
: To Ebonized wood, use Trans Tint "Black" aniline wood dye stains. Apply
one coat of water diluted wood dye to the wood, then add aniline wood dye stains to a 1
part latex polyurethane, and apply 1-2 coats of toner, buffing with a 220 grit sanding
strip in between coats. Then top coat with 2-3 coats of a high quality non-fading
clear latex polyurethane wood floor finishes.
If, you would like to match two different wood specie, I suggest using Aniline dye stain project
instead of regular wood stain. It will give
you a more even and richer color than stain.
Now, that your a Pro
on staining and applying wood dye. Let's apply the
protective top coats
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