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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2013

how do you dye wood

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Wow - if you really mean dying, try a craft site like Pinterest.

If you mean staining, there are any number of stains out there - both oil based (commonly used by professionals, gives deeper and richer and generally more uniform stain) and water based (quicker, easier to clean up cheaper). You sand the wood very smooth, may need to use a sanding sealer it if it is a wood that takes stain very unevenly and you want a uniform finish, then 1 or 2 coats of stain depending on deepness or richness desired, then after well dried, clear coat with a varnish or urethane. Of course, you need to be sure all the various sealer, stain, and clear coat are compatible - benerally stay with all waster or all oil based, and all from same manufacturer's product line to ensure best results.

Google this search phrase - staining wood - for a number of good articles on the basics of how to do it and the results you can expect for different color stains on different types of wood.

Five primary rules -
1) MUST be properly filled, sealed (if needed) and sanded first - you cannot repair a rough job after the stain is on
2) be NEAT - stain has a tendency o get all over things, so if at all possible, do in a place like a garage rather than in-place - for instance, remove trim and doors to stain them rather than do in place unless you are quite experienced in doing it
3) you can deepen the color with an additional rubbed-in coat, ,you cannot (as an amateur) expect to lighten it without sanding or planing it to beat the band down to clean wood
4) let dry AT LEAST 2 days of drying conditions (not high humidity) between coats - I try to leave 3 minimum - becuase if you cover a stain or clear coat that has not dried fully, you commonly (expecially with oil-based products and varnishes) end up with a permanently soft and gummy finish
5) always try it out on a scrap piece first - all coats - so you can see what it is actually going to look like on the material you have

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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