You can see the result (the picture is not a good as I'd like though) under the gallery entry "2nd furniture project". Applying Aniline Dye and Shellac Bob Rozaieski I'm a passionate woodworking enthusiast of over 30 years, with an interest in the methods of pre-industrial joiners and cabinetmakers. Dye is made up of microscopic crystals that dissolve in a solvent. Original post on our site with additional comments: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/you-and-dye/Its all about dye, "Wood Whisperer Style". They can be purchased from THESE PEOPLE. Aniline DYE Powder (Water Soluble) These DYES are blended by Merit Industries and are intended for professional use only. When dry they'll produce a surface that the oil finish can adhere to. thanks Glen. In summary, my first experience using water-soluble aniline dyes was a positive one and I definitely plan to use them again in the future. Apply a coat of aniline dye mixed with water to the surface. Shellac can be colored with anything that dissolves in alcohol. They are often used in permanent markers and come in all colors. Black aniline dyes are readily available in the quantities you'd need to finish a piano, and probably a fair bit cheaper than India ink. Features: All colors are intermixable to produce custom shades Make sure to addjust a small quantity of the stainor dye as they are highly concentrated. One … Bulls Eye® Shellac is an alcohol-based solution of pure lac, a natural resin secreted by tiny insects on certain trees, mainly in India. I have had the same thing with a dark brown LV Aniline dye dissolved in … For use as a finish toner, simply add the dye concentrate to shellac, water-base finishes, solvent lacquers, and catalyzed varnish or lacquers. 3. Mix with water for an economical, non-flammable stain or with alcohol/ lacquer thinner for a fast drying, non-grain raising stain. Wood Essence is very pleased to make available to Canadian customers a metal-complex liquid dye concentrate that can be used as a bare wood Stain or as a Tint compatible with many other finishing products including lacquer, shellac and waterbased finishes. I use shellac on nearly every project that passes through my shop doors. on antique furniture, we focused on aniline dye added directly into the shellac. I had sealed the inlay with a bond shellac, 2 coats before applying the paste wood filler and before spraying the aniline dye. Its main use is in the manufacture of precursors to polyurethane, dyes, and other industrial chemicals. Aniline dyes are popular for creating a distressed, antique look or for producing unique colors in medallions and borders. ... is going to pick up some of the dye. You can’t ask for more! Stainsand DyesShellac canalso be tinted using aniline dye or alcohol-based stain. I'd suggest dyeing the wood directly, as black as it will absorb, and then mix in dye with the shellac to apply over top. I’d try a very diluted wash of an aniline dye to match the aged effect of the wood itself, then I’d go for a little orange shellac … Dye is quite different. That adds depth to your finish. The dye as above – water/soap, water, acetone. Stir the shellacthoroughly and continue addingthe stainor dye until you get the desired color. The dyes come in powder form and are mixed with the solvent to gain the desired intensity. Water-soluble powdered dyes have the longest history for use on wood. I then sprayed the water based aniline dye, a dark red mahogany J. E. Moser brand. Some folks add a waterbase binder (your urethane should work) to the dye solution - 25% or so by volume - to lock down the dye from the shellac. A few years ago, I mixed (IIRC) Forest Green LV aniline dye in shellac and got a blue/purple colour. Using aniline dyes successfully requires greater understanding of chemical properties, application techniques and finish compatibilities than using the common "over the counter" pigmented (or combination pigment/dye) oil stains, such as Minwax. The dye doesn't just sit on the surface—it penetrates deep into the wood, permanently staining the wood and allowing the natural grain to show through. The alcohol-soluble dyes are fast drying and can be mixed with shellac to tint it. These are the first '58-spec models from the very first run by Gibson's first authorized boutique builder. If you are using water soluble dye, the alcohol in the shellac will lift it somewhat so don't overbrush the shellac. I intend to use water based aniline dyes, and shellac primarily. I first thought that the package had been mislabelled but dissoliving it in water produced the correct colour. Moser's® Aniline Dye Stain is a dry powder that is dissolved to produce a stain of exceptional clarity, color and grain accentuation: Normally mixed in a concentration of one ounce of stain to one quart of denatured alcohol; strain prior to use. Each top coat will produce slightly different color result. As with any finish, test the dye first on a scrap of wood from your project before applying, following these steps: First, sand to 220 grit. Aniline dyes are made from aniline oils or coal tar derivatives. After it is harvested the dark, reddish-brown resin is crushed into granules, rinsed to remove the natural dye and then dried. These dyes may be finished with varnish, shellac, water based finishes, lacquers, oils or wax. (11-11-2016, 07:46 PM) motleyh Wrote: Water and oil don't mix -- you can't use an oil-based finish over a water-based dye, unless you use a barrier coat in between. From the original questioner: Aniline is an organic compound with the formula C 6 H 5 NH 2.Consisting of a phenyl group attached to an amino group, aniline is the simplest aromatic amine.It is an industrially significant commodity chemical, as well as a versatile starting material for fine chemical synthesis. These are the dyes that are used to make inks. Due to application and use conditions beyond our control, Merit cannot be held responsible for final results, nor does it guarantee light-fastness of these Dye stain products. Les Paul Guitar Forum. As a result, dye travels wherever the solvent travels, and that’s deeper into the wood than stains. Aniline dye is the most likely candidate. Instructions supplied with each package. Next, to avoid raising the grain during dyeing with a water-soluble dye, pre-raise the grain by wiping it with a water-moistened sponge or cloth. For Shellac – I have read household ammonia diluted 1:15, water/soap, water. ALCOHOL Soluble ANILINE DYE ANILINE ALCOHOL Wood DYE Transparent, Soluble, Penetrating ALCOHOL soluble powder dye stains are suited for repair or refinishing on all woods as well as coloring sap streaks and other dye requirements where quick drying is required. Do test boards first. You really don't need a lot of dye. Tim Inman: Both the wood and finish tend to color with aging. Wood Dye - Aniline Dye 5 Color Kit - Wood Stain Kit ... For use as a finish toner, simply add the dye concentrate to shellac, water-base finishes, solvent lacquers, and catalyzed varnish or lacquers. Aniline dye comes as a powder that you dissolve in water, alcohol, or petroleum solvents, depending on the formulation. By the end of the century, they were used in … It’s easy because the dye is a concentrated liquid. Otherwise the oil will loosen/smear the water-based color as you described. As a matter of fact it is a stain and a sealer all in one. I just finished a walnut end table using aniline dye, unwaxed shellac, followed by 3 or more coats of Fuhr 355 acrylic varnish. Gibson and Epiphone. Absolutely. J.E. I use shellac on top of aniline dye and even on top of a coat of boiled linseed oil if I aim to highlight figured grain. 5. Again per manufacturer's instructions, allowed 24 hour dry. 4. For a barrier coat, use a dewaxed shellac or a good sanding sealer. Water-soluble aniline dyes are also available, but water tends to raise the grain of the wood. We prefer the water-soluble dyes because they offer maximum clarity and colorfastness and are the easiest to use. Apply a sealer coat (Zinsser Sealcoat) of a shellac-based finish by wiping: flooding the surface with finish and wiping it off. Although ideal coverage over an aniline dye lacquer can never be guaranteed, the following two products have been known to minimize bleed through: 1) A stain blocking primer such as General Finishes Stain Blocker or Zinsser B-I-N. 2) A shellac seal coat will usually stop most of … These dyes (often called aniline dyes because the first dyes were made from aniline) were developed in the late 19th century for use in coloring textiles. They offer several advantages over conventional oil-based pigment stains: far less fumes, more uniform grain penetration, fewer blotches, better bang … Flood it on with a staining sponge, and wipe it off with shop towels. If you wish to use shellac as a stain, simply take Super Blonde, which is the clearest of all grades, and mix the required alcohol based aniline dye till the desired color is achieved. I think it is the best product for furniture because it is easy to use, can be brushed on or sprayed, and dries quickly compared to urethane. 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