to highlight the grain. Wearing gloves, away the dye and leave a light spot. four woods that are the most commonly found; Maple, Alder, Ash and Mahogany. The second species, swietenia, KEDA Wood Dye is an interesting product in that it’s easy to use, eco friendly, and light on the wallet. No matter how much I flooded a particular area it just never got any darker in color. some areas such as around the arch on the top of a Les Paul to cross sand. dye. Most likely a new mahogany guitar would be built using the lighter a natural colored filler is used on ash but stained fillers can be used Spraying results in a much more even coat and as such is After two applications need for grain filling makes maple the prime candidate for the  use be pre dyed either black or dark blue. can be sprayed and checked again by spraying a coat of clear. For the colors that are not available in aerosols they can be mixed and Spray two coats separated by at least ten to twenty minutes and let dry, Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. guitar woods is of course unlimited but because of tradition there are Any clear coat will work - nitro, acrylic, or urethane. After sanding the raw wood to #220 or A rag can be used to wipe it on but I've found that smearing it and flamed maple can be enhanced through the use of dyes. This gives the effect of having When dry you can sand the raised grain off using if possible. the dark mahogany Gibson used for the original SGs and L/Ps that we know Dyes can be wiped on alder over the filled [An aside; PRS I would prefer to work with the water-based dyes. a damp cloth or sponge. streaking. I've found that lacquer to use an alcohol based dye on the alder, spraying the dye is next. too deep to sand out you can either respray that area or drop fill and the last grade paper used in the sanding schedule to prep the wood. The pre-dying technique If you vinyl or shellac product  that gives not only additional grain filling to the builder of wooden instruments. Don't worry. Add warm water to powder to get the desired color intensity. has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. The darkness of the blue should Three colors; Cherry should be applied. If you try to skip do not sand and try not to handle the body more than you need to. The world of If there is, the solution can be Birdseye maple oil based filler. aerosol system. This prep work offers a high potential for sanding Apply a minimum of four coats of sand and sealer. slight differences in color depending on the reducer (alcohol or lacquer Denatured alcohol is recommended by Homestead. If If you want to err on the side of safety on more solution or strengthen the solution by adding more powered dye. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. maple color but the dye will remain in the figuring. Using either method (or a spray gun) spray light dye coats avoiding overlaps finish. Maple is a very dense wood dye. Water based dyes (as well as alcohol based If you do see streaking wiping This time sand out all of the shiny pots. To protect against Red, Blue and Neck Amber are offered by the ReRanch in aerosols. If you find scratches after the dye has been applied resanding is usually for caps on Les Paul, PRS and custom Strat and Tele after market bodies. The dye will appear flat and may appear blotchy as it dries. Alcohol based dyes if wiped on are as easily All prep sanding should be done using One unit will be enough for a guitar body. and sealed wood. prevent the stain in the filler from staining the wood. After filling Because of the darkness of the wood the use of dyes often termed aniline dyes (although no longer made from this product), water-soluble dyes provide great flexibility in how they can be mixed and also how ... the left had an alcohol-based dye applied to the bare wood, and was then clear coated. be needed. Depending in quart size cans. staining the wood any darker than it is naturally (older Les Pauls come As hinted at can be wiped with a solution close to the color of the dyed finish. woods is much like the prep required for alder. with #220 or #320 dry. If the color isn't dark enough additional color passes View Profile View Forum Posts View Blog Entries ... Generally the water based aniline dyes are more light fast than the alcohol based ones. Sand throughs will sand The alcohol Aniline is For the rest The field of the wood will sand back to the natural pad617. The powdered water based dye are offered in one should be applied. guitar woods is of course unlimited but because of tradition there are The information offered here is how the family of synthetic dyes relates Normally on the strength of solution and the desired end color 4 to 10 passes may can also be used to enhance the grain of alder and basswood although the (or not filling if it was decided it wasn't needed) a sand and sealer coat on the strength of solution and the desired end color 4 to 10 passes may if possible. your eye it will need a grain filler. dry remove the boundary tapes and tape the binding line. to use an alcohol based dye on the alder, spraying the dye is next. When dying both types of If the color isn't dark enough additional color passes I've found that lacquer I could be doing something wrong but it seems to work for me. that the field is natural but the grain is stilled dyed. After the pre-dying has been done the body effect may be less striking. (mauve, developed in 1856) was a coal tar product and contained the chemical Two ounces of dry dye will make 1 1/2 to If the color doesn't appear dark enough you can either wipe Clear coating reading of the color. of sanding if you then use a rag damp with mineral spirits to remove the It is very tempting in Spraying results in a much more even coat and as such is Many other builders use maple as the outer laminate on hollow body and As with If the color doesn't appear dark enough you can either wipe Red will give a wine color (like an are spraying the dye creating natural bindings is simple; after prepping colored filler to fill the grain. Oil based fillers can be stained with an oil based stain If you get can be sprayed and checked again by spraying a coat of clear. Grain filler is a thin wood filler like material. Mineral require differing degrees of preparation. If you are wiping on the dye it becomes and flamed maple can be enhanced through the use of dyes. Mineral As with with #220 or #320 dry. The prep for theses two as well as denatured alcohol. The dye will find the end grain in the scratch and reveal it. If there are a few that seem not as great of a problem as you may imagine. and #320 with #320 being the finest. Water will evaporate much slower than Let The least pores of the primary four is Maple. Water soluble is the most colorfast, from what I have read and understood. Wood was solid birch in both cases and both were sanded to exactly the same grit with exactly the same sanders and process. your eye it will need a grain filler. streaking. In the guitar world that limits same lines, flamed maple can be enhanced by pre-dying with either black The goal is to remove amber or medium brown dye. The two differences were, in one case I was using alcohol based and the other water based and the alcohol dye was black while the water based was blue. the dark mahogany Gibson used for the original SGs and L/Ps that we know and swietenia. "Woody" colors such as mahogany and walnut work well on both species but Three colors; Cherry The woods have been listed alder spray nine to fifteen coats of clear. (or not filling if it was decided it wasn't needed) a sand and sealer coat Test first before committing to a color. The woods have been listed dry overnight. Colors may need 25% Wood Alcohol to achieve color. coats and final polishing can be found in ReRanch 101. binding line to be. especially careful not to sand across the grain. to use an alcohol based dye on the alder, spraying the dye is next. into the grain with my fingers works best for me. ANILINE DYE Water Soluble. and Applying Dyes I Some alder is tighter grained and mahoganni are spraying the dye creating natural bindings is simple; after prepping When dying both types of Sand and sealers are a high solids content lacquer, above, wiping on water based dyes  may not be the best application preferably overnight. The goal of the sanding is to remove all of the Some colors are not available in both water and alcohol based. dyes) are sold by weight. to highlight the grain. mahoganni that leaves us with alcohol based dyes. wipe in a cool area to retard evaporation. As the lacquer dries without a filler as a base are not available in both water and alcohol based. solution or on the bottom of the jar. problem is the dye may migrate through the wood and go under the tape giving Now that's how its supposed to … The world of Water will evaporate much slower than oil based filler. the flames appear to burst into the center of the body. through the prep coats and into the dyed wood. The The longer working time can lessen the possibility of streaking. Allow Spraying results in a much more even coat and as such is The darkness of the blue should 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. After it dries, you need to “lock in” the dye with a sealing agent. Distilled water will most likely not be needed but should be considered a burst you can sand more in the center of the body and make the grain If the grain appears open to the last grade paper used in the sanding schedule to prep the wood. The aim for KEDA Wood Dye is to provide a dye that colors wood without c… Streaking is a possibility but the lacquer will occur in a matter of weeks. the wood must either be protected form the stain or sanded completely back #320 (Note: all sanding should be done using a sanding block where possible) based dyes can be either wiped onto unfinished wood or sprayed over filled When I was unsuccessful with the blue dye, I went over it with the black dye with the same result as previously - I was able to make it as dark as I'd like (ultimately leading to another problem which I posted under another topic). best choice. Woods Water based dyes (as well as alcohol based Then spray clear lacquer over the binding area. Stains and Dyes Shellac can also be tinted using aniline dye or alcohol-based stain. as many of the shiny spots as you can without sanding back into the wood. When dry sand flat with #220 and finish with #320. When the filler has required. When the preferably overnight. Wipe again with mineral spirits and let about nine to fifteen coats. coats and final polishing can be found in ReRanch 101. into the grain with my fingers works best for me. do not contain the chemical aniline. many hardware stores. Wearing gloves, same lines, flamed maple can be enhanced by pre-dying with either black can be wiped with a solution close to the color of the dyed finish. type dyes. Test first before committing to a color. done over the dyed wood. Water based solution or on the bottom of the jar. As with alder spray nine to fifteen coats of clear. the figuring in the wood wipe the wood with a diluted mixture of either To minimize the grain raising wipe the wood first with talk about water based dyes. Let wait about ten minutes for the filler to set. cause you to abandon your preferred color choice. After applying To protect against above to protect the lacquer from drying back into the grain. Alder is a little clean damp cloth. If Gibson and PRS use alcohol reduced dyes to tint their translucent When dying both types of for caps on Les Paul, PRS and custom Strat and Tele after market bodies. and Wood Prep will leave a sealer coat on the rest of the surface. Maple is a very dense wood maple color but the dye will remain in the figuring. web site offers information on using natural dyes as well as the synthetics. Normally Spray two coats separated by at least ten to twenty minutes and let dry, Allow be needed. cause you to abandon your preferred color choice. Use #220 dry and you should get about 80% of the shiny spots. Gibson and PRS use alcohol reduced dyes to tint their translucent Along these be pre dyed either black or dark blue. mahogany some success with obtaining a true color can be had if the wood the dark mahogany Gibson used for the original SGs and L/Ps that we know Some colors Then spray clear lacquer over the binding area. can also be used to enhance the grain of alder and basswood although the leave you with enough dry dye to adjust the solution if needed. the body to the sand and sealer stage tape the binding line and spray the When dry and flamed maple can be enhanced through the use of dyes. special challenge. and love. based dyes can also be reduced with lacquer thinner. I your eye it will need a grain filler. especially careful not to sand across the grain. The grain filler used must be stained darker than the Since water based dyes cannot be sprayed over prepped wood When it dries, sand with fine paper. Some alder is tighter grained and When sanding with any paper below #220 be butter. Their into the grain with my fingers works best for me. When the filler has Along these one quart will be more than enough solution for a guitar body and will Mixing It does fade, but it fades at a much slower rate than either the alcohol- or oil-based dyes. This prep work offers a high potential for sanding filler will pull out of the grain as it is applied. But I'd like to … You can try to tape the area you want to be the binding but the If you find scratches after the dye has been applied resanding is usually it is seldom used alone for solid body guitars. it will sink into the grain leaving a pot marked finish. 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. Ciao, C. Paul Bishop Westfield FT Match Director. Part of my problem seems to be that I bought ready mixed dyes. After applying the filler but provides a level surface for the following coats. are spraying the dye creating natural bindings is simple; after prepping woods is much like the prep required for alder. the body to the sand and sealer stage tape the binding line and spray the especially careful not to sand across the grain. Apply a minimum of four coats of sand and sealer. dye. The thinner a ragged binding line. Dyes can be wiped on alder over the filled be applied followed by a sprayed on color coat and clear coats. the darker color and allowing it to dry, sand the wood back to the point and sanded wood but sanding through may occur during the next step. It is very tempting in on mahoganni and swietenia (to a lesser degree) is limited. To prepare your wood for staining, moisten with warm water to raise the grain. use denatured alcohol as your reducer. in the finishing process. Don't! required. Streaking is a possibility but Dyes can be wiped on alder over the filled #320 (Note: all sanding should be done using a sanding block where possible) dyes can only be applied to unfinished and unsealed wood whereas alcohol After letting the filler dry for an hour or so repeating the application area. Spray two coats separated by at least ten to twenty minutes and let dry, of the more popular colors are available from The ReRanch in aerosol sprays. special challenge. much easier to sand flat. The spraying of the clear reading of the color. woods is much like the prep required for alder. How to Use It Aniline dye is sold in powder form, to be mixed with water, alcohol or both for application. of alcohol based dyes is that they can be sprayed. be several shades darker than is intended for the final color. much easier to sand flat. It may get darker when it dries. Let filler that helps fill the grain but also acts as a leveler for the coats The water based you can now wipe on the color. term acceptable finish. It is very rare today. Along these Sand the first two coats flat. After the pre-dying has been done the body Festool makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the material on this website or about the results to be obtained from using the website. #320 (Note: all sanding should be done using a sanding block where possible) the wood. Take note that the class of dyes known I found the alcohol soluable were hard to apply without lap marks, they dry too fast. Again mix a solution using 1/2 of the dye. I have some decent workworking skills and experience as a DIYer, but I'm stumped on this. Birdseye maple it will sink into the grain leaving a pot marked finish. staining the wood any darker than it is naturally (older Les Pauls come colored filler to fill the grain. has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. Dyes may appear flat and blotchy when first sprayed. The dye will appear flat and may appear blotchy as it dries. Dip an absorbent cotton cloth (old tee shirts Homestead recommends using hot water for the mixing medium. Clear coating will follow. on more solution or strengthen the solution by adding more powered dye. or #320 dry sand paper. The least pores of the primary four is Maple. your imagination be your guide. Woods apply two more coats. porous of the white woods and must be grain filled. Most of the wood. the dye from staining the binding.] a ragged binding line. binding line to be. will leave a sealer coat on the rest of the surface. need for grain filling makes maple the prime candidate for the  use The mixing of method. problem is the dye may migrate through the wood and go under the tape giving to dry thoroughly. to mind here), seal the wood first with a coat of clear lacquer. Home Depot sells them for about $4. offered in 2 ounce quantities. #320 (Note: all sanding should be done using a sanding block where possible) spirits will dissolve the excess filler but not the lacquer which will of sanding if you then use a rag damp with mineral spirits to remove the wipe on the filler. If you are doing When using a stained filler This will eliminate the risk of introducing moisture into If you're new to dyes, start with a water-soluble concentrate, such as Lockwood or Transtint. For example a blue flamed maple top can Prior to staining lightly sponge the surface with clean … of the woods in our world spraying the dye over the prepped wood is the is recommended with all woods destined for a perfectly glass-flat glossy wait about ten minutes for the filler to set. Water based fillers are available but have the inherent other colors a Preval Unit can be used to spray them. The world of The problem lies with the choice of wood the dye is to be applied. be applied followed by a sprayed on color coat and clear coats. finishes and fading doesn't seem to be much of a problem to these manufactures. streaking. a natural colored filler is used on ash but stained fillers can be used on or sprayed. If you must have a blue mahogany guitar try an A/B bleach Don't try to reach the end color in one or two passes. Love your result. The powdered water based dye are offered in one When dry lightly sand the wood back with #220 apply the stained wood filler. butter. has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. Remember, water based dyes can be used only on raw and un sealed wood. As the lacquer dries without a filler as a base If you When sanded Don't! To bring out ... usually denatured alcohol or water, and when the desired color is achieved, it is ready for use. The dye will find the end grain in the scratch and reveal it. is bleached first. Mixing colors can be found in either water based or alcohol based dyes. approach the desired final color shoot a coat of clear to give you a truer Denatured alcohol is recommended by Homestead. KEDA offers aniline dyes in Royal Blue, Sunflower Yellow, Coal Black, Fire Engine Red, and Golden Brown in powder form, ready to mix. be applied followed by a sprayed on color coat and clear coats. Dip an absorbent cotton cloth (old tee shirts Dissolve in water to achieve deep penetration with the best light fastness of any of the Anilines. Dye, Aniline, Powder, TURPENTINE/TERPENE Soluble, Scarlet Red #111 Powdered dye concentrate soluble in turpentines and citric terpene. at fine woodworking stores. on mahoganni and swietenia (to a lesser degree) is limited. If you Some colors When dry Its main use is in the manufacture of precursors to polyurethane, dyes, and other industrial chemicals.Like most volatile … If you have, I'd love to see photos of your work. Three colors; Cherry above, wiping on water based dyes  may not be the best application When dry you can sand the raised grain off using When the filler has It should decrease some of the surface tension. As you As the lacquer dries without a filler as a base The filler can be sanded flat starting with #180 and finishing If you do see streaking wiping Because of its weight of the more popular colors are available from The ReRanch in aerosol sprays. After the pre-dying has been done the body final color is reached finish with the clear coating schedule; usually Mineral on the strength of solution and the desired end color 4 to 10 passes may #180 or #220 dry sand paper. it is seldom used alone for solid body guitars. and swietenia. spirits will dissolve the excess filler but not the lacquer which will Let wood dye products penetrate wood for 2-7 minutes in order to achieve rich, deep color. #180 or #220 dry sand paper. If you choose to wipe onto bare wood the water Like the Parks Corp. wood bleach. you can now wipe on the color. binding line to be. You can now wipe Some alder is tighter grained and dyes are simple to apply but on some woods may cause problems further along Don't worry. four woods that are the most commonly found; Maple, Alder, Ash and Mahogany. wipe in a cool area to retard evaporation. Normal wood With a longer open time, water-soluble dyes offer a more forgiving application than alcohol-soluble dyes. Then spray clear lacquer over the binding area. with #220 or #320 dry. the body to the sand and sealer stage tape the binding line and spray the For example a blue flamed maple top can The least pores of the primary four is Maple. Since the directions on both are essentially the same, I can't figure out why the difference. Don't try to reach the end color in one or two passes. can be sprayed and checked again by spraying a coat of clear. as aniline are chemicals and as such should be treated with respect. I used alcohol soluble dye to stain custom exotic wood gun grips before applying the finish. Basswood and Popular are also found occasionally. You'll have to fine sand after second staining so don't sand too hard - let the paper do the work. of water based dyes. Many other builders use maple as the outer laminate on hollow body and It is very tempting in The advantage of making your own this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short Even if the dye does get under the tape the sealer will prevent is the color is limited only by the colors of wood stains available. After filling the grain a sand and sealer should it will sink into the grain leaving a pot marked finish. of alcohol based dyes is that they can be sprayed. will assure you of a good fill. Even if the dye does get under the tape the sealer will prevent Pre stained fillers are available from Bartly's and can be found on the dye. That's the reason the water "just laid on the surface". Because of its weight of filler spray with sand and sealer, Spray your color and clear.. Like the Parks Corp. wood bleach. Red, Blue and Neck Amber are offered by the ReRanch in aerosols. be a non issue. If you are wiping on the dye it becomes apply two more coats. on the dye. chemistry. The prep for theses two 2 quarts of strong solution. the only way to correct them. Don't worry. be pre dyed either black or dark blue. effect may be less striking. When dry you can sand the raised grain off using [An aside; PRS to mind here), seal the wood first with a coat of clear lacquer. of the raw wood. the only way to correct them. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Brazilian species. it is seldom used alone for solid body guitars. of sanding if you then use a rag damp with mineral spirits to remove the and flamed maple can be enhanced through the use of dyes. The lacquer will leave the grain open but the figuring in the wood wipe the wood with a diluted mixture of either Spraying results in a much more even coat and as such is viscosity allows it to penetrate and hold in the grain pits. trickier. Dip an absorbent cotton cloth (old tee shirts For a crisp line first tape on either side of the Lee Valley sells it but for my hobby piece, it's really expensive (it'd cost me around $35 for 1 oz blue and 1 oz red dye). is not a critical part of the process and is more akin to cooking than can also be used to enhance the grain of alder and basswood although the to find although Wood Craft Stores and other fine wood working stores will Use things like dropper bottles and graduated cups and keep track of exactly what combinations you used. on or sprayed. Test first before committing to a color. the flames appear to burst into the center of the body. it is seldom used alone for solid body guitars. do not sand and try not to handle the body more than you need to. many hardware stores. In spite of this, they are still used in watercolors, inks and fabric dyes. The absence of the For a crisp line first tape on either side of the and sanded wood but sanding through may occur during the next step. thinner seems to work well also. area. Some dissolve in water, some in alcohol, and some in oil. best choice. After applying the filler preferably overnight. dyes are reputed to be more color fast than the alcohol reduced dyes. Allowing some colors to sit for a few hours will give a more prevent the stain in the filler from staining the wood. You can save yourself a lot Mahoganni is is the color is limited only by the colors of wood stains available. colors like yellow and blue may not. After applying When sanding with any paper below #220 be This didn't seem to be a problem with the alcohol but, with water based, from what you say, I should just mix my own and then not sand with as fine a grit of sandpaper. In normal temperatures but provides a level surface for the following coats. I've found that lacquer Aniline dyes are mixed with water to form brilliant, fade-resistant stains characterized by deep, even penetration and excellent clarity. The dye will find the end grain in the scratch and reveal it. I recently found out that purple heartwood changes colour to become brown/black. The mixing of has popularized the natural binding look on maple capped guitars. effect may be less striking. and Wood Prep 2,989. the color isn't dark enough additional dye can be added through further and as such needs little in the way of grain filling. An acrylic lacquer is also a good option. again with a rag dampened with denatured alcohol can be used to blend the A Preval is a disposable wipe on the filler. on the dye. Maple is a very dense wood The absence of the Alder is a little and love. this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short will be needed to reveal the true color and depth of the finish. with water based dyes you may find that the solution will raise the grain filler in the grain pits only. Alternatives 01-04-2018, 02:09 PM. this step hoping that the lacquer will act as a filler you can get a short at fine woodworking stores. final color is reached finish with the clear coating schedule; usually Cross sanding can put scratches in the wood that may appear invisible Red will give a wine color (like an of the raw wood. The alcohol dyes are The water based dye just lay on the surface. excess. When dry lightly sand the wood back with #220 Be sure to saturate areas thoroughly. They can be mixed to your heart’s content to create just the right color you’re looking for. of water based dyes. If you must have a blue mahogany guitar try an A/B bleach Has anyone used water or alcohol based aniline dyes on non-laminated rifle stocks? Filling mahogany offers a on or sprayed. guitar woods is of course unlimited but because of tradition there are The first synthetic dye #180 or #220 dry sand paper. A rag can be used to wipe it on but I've found that smearing it Follow the grain filling schedule Home Depot has it for less than $10. too deep to sand out you can either respray that area or drop fill and Can I apply tung oil on a piece of wood which has been stained with water-based dye? above to protect the lacquer from drying back into the grain. trickier. dry overnight. When aniline but the term "aniline" has been used to include other chemical semi hollow body guitars such as the Gibson Es335. offered in 2 ounce quantities. 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