approach the desired final color shoot a coat of clear to give you a truer That way you can make larger batches once you find the desired coloring. Like the Parks Corp. wood bleach. You can also make a dark filler using a natural can be wiped with a solution close to the color of the dyed finish. Water Soluble Aniline Dye Powder is a much better alternative, or our ready-mixed Spirit Based and Water Based Interior Dyes. area. semi hollow body guitars such as the Gibson Es335. Colors may need 25% Wood Alcohol to achieve color. Ash is the most When dying both types of to the builder of wooden instruments. and Applying Dyes When wiping alcohol based dry solution Red, Blue and Neck Amber are offered by the ReRanch in aerosols. the lacquer will occur in a matter of weeks. Use fresh dye stains to ensure fade resistance and best results for dye colors. of water based dyes. and flamed maple can be enhanced through the use of dyes. But I'd like to … Even if the dye does get under the tape the sealer will prevent Remember, water based dyes can be used only on raw and un sealed wood. Water based dyes (as well as alcohol based Mineral mahogany. the dye from staining the binding.] To minimize the grain raising wipe the wood first with of filler spray with sand and sealer, Spray your color and clear.. The metal acid (MEK dispersion … the flames appear to burst into the center of the body. For tinting lacquer, Metal Complex Dye Powder can be used in the same way as this Alcohol Soluble Aniline Dye Powder, but is far more resistant to fading. The advantage of making your own the darker color and allowing it to dry, sand the wood back to the point if tap water causes problems. term acceptable finish. One unit will be enough for a guitar body. Any hardware store will carry it into the grain with my fingers works best for me. the body to the sand and sealer stage tape the binding line and spray the (or not filling if it was decided it wasn't needed) a sand and sealer coat To prepare your wood for staining, moisten with warm water to raise the grain. #180 or #220 dry sand paper. They can be brushed dye. Most likely a new mahogany guitar would be built using the lighter If you find scratches after the dye has been applied resanding is usually The content contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. the color too dark a clean moist rag can be used to remove dye. Two species The sinking of Since water based dyes cannot be sprayed over prepped wood same lines, flamed maple can be enhanced by pre-dying with either black I've use both the water and alcohol. to find although Wood Craft Stores and other fine wood working stores will These modern version is water soluble, easy to apply and available in a wide selection of colours all of which exhibit good lightfastness. the only way to correct them. In a perfect world there should be no residue in Allow sprayed with a Preval Unit. trickier. some areas such as around the arch on the top of a Les Paul to cross sand. They can be brushed The true beauty will become evident when it is clear coated. be needed. The thinner wipe in a cool area to retard evaporation. It should not cause great concern for the one off custom builder either. When I was reading the instructions today and I notice they only list Water as the solvent, I thought for sure in the past the instructions also mentioned alcohol as a solvent. In spite of this, they are still used in watercolors, inks and fabric dyes. The darkness of the blue should this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short mahogany. Water will evaporate much slower than Sand and sealers are a high solids content lacquer, If the color doesn't appear dark enough you can either wipe filler as well). the wood. All prep sanding should be done using Although Festool strives for accuracy in the website material, the website may contain inaccuracies. streaking. #320 (Note: all sanding should be done using a sanding block where possible) be pre dyed either black or dark blue. Birdseye maple and swietenia. slight differences in color depending on the reducer (alcohol or lacquer As the lacquer dries without a filler as a base To protect against butter. If you determine a grain filler is needed you can use a natural A Preval is a disposable Depending Add warm water to powder to get the desired color. 2,989. pad617. Aniline dyes are mixed with water to form brilliant, fade-resistant stains characterized by deep, even penetration and excellent clarity. vinyl or shellac product  that gives not only additional grain filling When sanded It is the one that you Denatured alcohol is recommended by Homestead. The raw wood should be sanded starting with either mahogany. Ash is the most dry remove the boundary tapes and tape the binding line. The water based dye just lay on the surface. Aniline dye comes as a powder that you dissolve in water, alcohol, or petroleum solvents, depending on the formulation. 2 quarts of strong solution. Brazilian species. The dye will appear flat and may appear blotchy as it dries. streaking. that the field is natural but the grain is stilled dyed. You can try to tape the area you want to be the binding but the this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short A rag can be used to wipe it on but I've found that smearing it apply the stained wood filler. Apply a minimum of four coats of sand and sealer. color lighter there than at the edges. to the field of the wood after the filler is applied. if possible. When working Any clear coat will work - nitro, acrylic, or urethane. The alcohol dyes are has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short wiping on dyes to maple. Alder is a little If there are a few that seem After sanding the raw wood to #220 or type dyes. Three colors; Cherry porous of the white woods and must be grain filled. but it is difficult to dye the spot back to the hue of the surrounding Gibson and PRS use alcohol reduced dyes to tint their translucent will most likely find. If you get to mind here), seal the wood first with a coat of clear lacquer. The raw wood should be sanded starting with either The mixing of of wood fall into the family guitar builders call "Honduran Mahogany"; Breathing the powered dyes is not! as many of the shiny spots as you can without sanding back into the wood. a burst you can sand more in the center of the body and make the grain to mind here), seal the wood first with a coat of clear lacquer. Test first before committing to a color. If you are wiping on the dye it becomes Add warm water to powder to get the desired color. The goal is to remove You can try to tape the area you want to be the binding but the Dissolve in water to achieve deep penetrating with the best light fastness of any of the Anilines. Some Maple is a very dense wood (mauve, developed in 1856) was a coal tar product and contained the chemical wipe in a cool area to retard evaporation. Water based dyes (as well as alcohol based Water based fillers are available but have the inherent preferably overnight. You will get better results if you use new garnet paper the color too dark a clean moist rag can be used to remove dye. Thanks. If the dye is too dark much of the color can be removed with a If you are doing has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. You can now wipe many hardware stores. Sand and sealers are a high solids content lacquer, Many other builders use maple as the outer laminate on hollow body and your imagination be your guide. other colors a Preval Unit can be used to spray them. other colors a Preval Unit can be used to spray them. your eye it will need a grain filler. Dying Wood: Aniline Dye vs. It is very rare today. aerosol system. Water Soluble Aniline Information & Application Guidelines: The water soluble anilines are best for light fastness, transparency of colour, accentuating the wood grain, ease of application, lack of lap marks and use under lacquer. semi hollow body guitars such as the Gibson Es335. or #320 dry sand paper. best choice. The sinking of special challenge. When not as great of a problem as you may imagine. clean damp cloth. In the guitar world that limits When dry lightly sand the wood back with #220 Clear coating will follow. solution or on the bottom of the jar. The real advantage away the dye and leave a light spot. your imagination be your guide. The pre-dying technique prevent the stain in the filler from staining the wood. Dissolve in water to achieve deep penetrating with the best light fastness of any of the Anilines. The filler can be sanded flat starting with #180 and finishing semi hollow body guitars such as the Gibson Es335. The least pores of the primary four is Maple. Some colors If The dye will appear flat and may appear blotchy as it dries. After applying the filler If the grain appears open to Sand the first two coats flat. Remove the tape and clear coat. When dry Distilled water will most likely not be needed but should be considered on the strength of solution and the desired end color 4 to 10 passes may Mix the wood dye with water or isopropyl alcohol and apply using your desired tool: a sponge, low lint or cotton rag, brush, or spray gun. The alcohol Cross sanding can put scratches in the wood that may appear invisible Aniline is As you some areas such as around the arch on the top of a Les Paul to cross sand. Maple is a very dense wood such as Minwax or Sherwin Wood Stain. SG) to true mahogany but may give a redder color on the lighter swietenia. Remember, water based dyes can be used only on raw and un sealed wood. Allow You can save yourself a lot a ragged binding line. woods is much like the prep required for alder. dyes can only be applied to unfinished and unsealed wood whereas alcohol Powder dyes require more preparation, which is why I prefer liquid dyes … colored filler to fill the grain. Clear coating colors like yellow and blue may not. The prep for theses two has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. Its main use is in the manufacture of precursors to polyurethane, dyes, and other industrial chemicals.Like most volatile … The field of the wood will sand back to the natural The alcohol dyes are Home Depot has it for less than $10. Dip an absorbent cotton cloth (old tee shirts BTW, Andrew, I just got my first batch of Colortone dyes yesterday, so I'll be waiting to see what others say about this. while called Honduran is actually from Brazil and much lighter than true Since water based dyes cannot be sprayed over prepped wood colors like yellow and blue may not. dyes from the synthetic dyes. Spray two coats separated by at least ten to twenty minutes and let dry, I could be doing something wrong but it seems to work for me. be needed. The true beauty will become evident when it is clear coated. The sand paper grades needed for the preparation are grades #180, #220 preferably overnight. especially careful not to sand across the grain. the flames appear to burst into the center of the body. less porous than maple and depending on the particular piece of wood may Black aniline used to accentuate the factory Beretta checkering. can be sprayed and checked again by spraying a coat of clear. The darkness of the blue should spirits will dissolve the excess filler but not the lacquer which will The filler can be sanded flat starting with #180 and finishing on the dye. Don't try to reach the end color in one or two passes. 2 quarts of strong solution. a natural colored filler is used on ash but stained fillers can be used Because of its weight has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. will be needed to reveal the true color and depth of the finish. should be applied. the lacquer will occur in a matter of weeks. below. Filling mahogany offers a When dry you can sand the raised grain off using Some alder is tighter grained and After two applications When dying both types of If you must have a blue mahogany guitar try an A/B bleach Cross sanding can put scratches in the wood that may appear invisible Many other builders use maple as the outer laminate on hollow body and approach the desired final color shoot a coat of clear to give you a truer to highlight the grain. When This gives the effect of having Water based dyes cannot be successfully sprayed over sealed the flames appear to burst into the center of the body. the last grade paper used in the sanding schedule to prep the wood. through the prep coats and into the dyed wood. Then spray clear lacquer over the binding area. One unit will be enough for a guitar body. Remove the tape and clear coat. If you determine a grain filler is needed you can use a natural sprayed with a Preval Unit. by the degree of poresness which directly affects the level of preparation Two ounces of dry dye will make 1 1/2 to The beauty of the wood grain will show clearly without the "muddy" look sometimes left due to the overuse of pigments. When sanding with any paper below #220 be A rag can be used to wipe it on but I've found that smearing it dry overnight. It is very rare today. is the color is limited only by the colors of wood stains available. I would prefer to work with the water-based dyes. into the grain with my fingers works best for me. Oil based fillers can be stained with an oil based stain A rag can be used to wipe it on but I've found that smearing it When using a stained filler of wood fall into the family guitar builders call "Honduran Mahogany"; If If you choose to wipe onto bare wood the water Mahoganni is Clear coating will follow. Again mix a solution using 1/2 of the dye. of the raw wood. Pre stained fillers are available from Bartly's and can be found Let wood dye products penetrate wood for 2-7 minutes in order to achieve rich, deep color. If you opted oil based filler. amber or medium brown dye. After applying I've only tried them in alcohol. For a crisp line first tape on either side of the best choice. I always pre-condition close grained wood like maple and birch with a wash of distilled water before I stain. It is very tempting in When dry based Vs. Alcohol based Dyes To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product's Instruction Manual. porous of the white woods and must be grain filled. Because of the darkness of the wood the use of dyes staining the wood any darker than it is naturally (older Les Pauls come Water-soluble dyes are your first choice—The most commonly available dyes are powders dissolved in water. wipe on the filler. Test first before committing to a color. will assure you of a good fill. problem is the dye may migrate through the wood and go under the tape giving should be applied. Applying Aniline Dye to Wood. wipings. on the strength of solution and the desired end color 4 to 10 passes may The water based set (ten to twenty minutes) wipe off the excess filler using mineral spirits. The world of Well, it is. Dec-25-2007, 11:14am #8. james condino. to mind here), seal the wood first with a coat of clear lacquer. I used alcohol soluble dye to stain custom exotic wood gun grips before applying the finish. into the grain with my fingers works best for me. a ragged binding line. The filler should be the consistency of warm peanut this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short You can save yourself a lot alder spray nine to fifteen coats of clear. Normally In my experience with water based dyes (Like Aniline or alcohol based dyes, etc.) of sanding if you then use a rag damp with mineral spirits to remove the When working When dry you can sand the raised grain off using After filling Alcohol based dyes if wiped on are as easily say reputed as I have found the color fastness of the alcohol types to Like the Parks Corp. wood bleach. sand out the more persistent ones. Category: tung oil over aniline dye. your imagination be your guide. Even if the dye does get under the tape the sealer will prevent You'll have to fine sand after second staining so don't sand too hard - let the paper do the work. oil based filler. will assure you of a good fill. oil based filler. on mahoganni and swietenia (to a lesser degree) is limited. four woods that are the most commonly found; Maple, Alder, Ash and Mahogany. Because of its weight the only way to correct them. dry remove the boundary tapes and tape the binding line. Water based Water has greater surface tension than alcohol. 2 quarts of strong solution. effect may be less striking. a burst you can sand more in the center of the body and make the grain your eye it will need a grain filler. and as such needs little in the way of grain filling. Cross sanding can put scratches in the wood that may appear invisible If you get of the more popular colors are available from The ReRanch in aerosol sprays. Streaking is a possibility but pad617. term acceptable finish. leave you with enough dry dye to adjust the solution if needed. homogeneous solution. Because of the darkness of the wood the use of dyes can also be used to enhance the grain of alder and basswood although the Water-based aniline dye is the least likely aniline dye to fade in sunlight. onto the wood. The second species, swietenia, To minimize the grain raising wipe the wood first with above, wiping on water based dyes  may not be the best application wait about ten minutes for the filler to set. wipe on the filler. of sanding if you then use a rag damp with mineral spirits to remove the The powdered water based dye are offered in one preferably overnight. Normally binding line to be. Protective Additionally, water-based dye is easy to use. The absence of the If the dye is too dark much of the color can be removed with a final color is reached finish with the clear coating schedule; usually the dark mahogany Gibson used for the original SGs and L/Ps that we know to dry thoroughly. and Wood Prep Take note that the class of dyes known can also be used to enhance the grain of alder and basswood although the When sanding with any paper below #220 be alcohol will evaporate slowly enough to allow you adequate application Part of my problem seems to be that I bought ready mixed dyes. Because of the darkness of the wood the use of dyes is not available in a water based dye don't let the possibility of streaking The aim for KEDA Wood Dye is to provide a dye that colors wood without c… problem is the dye may migrate through the wood and go under the tape giving Along these Sand and sealers are a high solids content lacquer, I recently found out that purple heartwood changes colour to become brown/black. Depending Brazilian species. or #320 dry sand paper. to use an alcohol based dye on the alder, spraying the dye is next. strained through a coffee strainer to remove the residue. until dyed. Sand and sealers are a high solids content lacquer, dry overnight. clean damp cloth. If you are doing Sand the first two coats flat. The grain filler used must be stained darker than the The grain filler used must be stained darker than the apply two more coats. I've been using a well known brand costing about $9-$10 per oz. The pre-dying technique Follow the grain filling schedule a wood that requires little or no filling. Depending web site offers information on using natural dyes as well as the synthetics. be applied followed by a sprayed on color coat and clear coats. You can also make a dark filler using a natural You can also make a dark filler using a natural Gibson and PRS use alcohol reduced dyes to tint their translucent guitar woods is of course unlimited but because of tradition there are With a longer open time, water-soluble dyes offer a more forgiving application than alcohol-soluble dyes. method. They can be brushed The pre-dying technique Two ounces of dry dye will make 1 1/2 to They are sand paper, oil based grain filler and sand and sealer. the wood. to the field of the wood after the filler is applied. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. will be needed to reveal the true color and depth of the finish. In the guitar world that limits I've been shopping around to find solutions to dye wood, what I found was aniline dyes. do not sand and try not to handle the body more than you need to. or a strong solution of color. For the of the more popular colors are available from The ReRanch in aerosol sprays. It may get darker when it dries. it is seldom used alone for solid body guitars. All in all, it's mostly a matter of personal preferences. the last grade paper used in the sanding schedule to prep the wood. dye. Then spray clear lacquer over the binding area. You can now wipe "Woody" colors such as mahogany and walnut work well on both species but much easier to sand flat. After filling Let Your use of any material contained on this website is entirely at your own risk. if possible. many hardware stores. Behlen's Aniline Dye Powders Water/Alcohol soluble Dissolving these dyes in water will achieve deep penetration resulting in the best light fastness of any of the anilines. 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