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Unread 11-03-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Wood stain vs. wood dye

Anyone have a preference and why?

I made some shelves to hang on the wall, and I'm having a heck of a time matching the furniture I already have. Dark Walnut seems to come out ok.
An old classmate recommended wood dye on facebook, but I've never used it.

Anyone use it? apparently it's easier to use since it's more of a "paint" rather than worrying about putting it on heavier in one area than another, etc.

Do you poly it much like the stain afterwards?


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Unread 11-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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Think of it this way. If a particle of stain were the size of a golf ball then a particle of dye would be the size of a pinhead. It penetrates deeper and gives a more natural appearance. There are water based and alcohol based dyes. Water based will typically raise the wood grain while NGR (non grain raising) alcohol based won't. With dye you can mix to obtain the color you want and if you don't like the way it comes out then it can removed with alcohol. I prefer to finish with pure Tung oil.
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Unread 11-03-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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I have recently taken a sample of old trim to Sherwin Williams and had them color match it (i took a new piece of unstained trim with me to test). They did a pretty good job of matching the sample i had taken in. Not 100% but close. Also remember if you are putting polyurethane on the wood that it will darken the color a bit. I do not have any experience with dyes.
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