Plane Technical Advisor
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada
Pretty good results there Daren.
Last night I tried diluting Rit dye in lacquer thinner, and then mixed with lacquer (I want to Pop the grain on my tiger maple board)... Let's just say, I've seen better before. I tried dark brown dye, it did dilute somewhat but not all. The thinner went dark brown, but some stuff in the dye just stuck to the bottom. I stirred and shaked to no avail, I then thought; what if I heated the mix - but then realized - this is thinner! I added some lacquer in the mix, stirred it, and applied it on figured maple. Your results with water is way better, so tonight I will try that.
But, Darren, with what top coat would you use after water dying these figured blanks: Poly (oil based), shellac, oil, wax or Lacquer?
And did you apply a water based pre-stain wood conditioner before dying to get these results?
The reason I didn't use water in the 1st place is blotching and grain raising. After viewing Marc Spagnuolo's (TheWoodWhisperer.com) vid on You tube, I'm going to try that route and buy some Transtint, mix it with lacquer or de-waxed shellac. Copy and paste this link to watch his technique. Pop goes the Maple - episode 32:
Anyone has other result with Rit dye, let me know.
OH, I did contact - E-mailed Ritdie, last week, for info. But they never replied.