Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
I figured I would explain what I ended up doing just incase anyone else has the same questions. I ended up diluting the transtint with a 50/50 mix of alcohol and lacquer thinner and mixed one quart at a time. I sprayed it on, but I did experiment with wiping and foam bruising. Spraying was not difficult because I was going for a deep black. For that reason I could just keep applying coats until it was uniform. You canít get blacker than black right? I think it would be easier to build up color if you arenít set up properly. Had I been trying for a lighter color, I donít think my gun set up ability and my technique is at the level to spray a consistent color. Who knows I may surprise myself one day. For now I would suggest for lighter colors, wetting a rag or a large foam brush. I found that there were no lap lines with the foam brush as long as I didnít let each lap dry before brushing the next line. Use a large foam brush and boogie, and I even would go back over it, like you tip off when painting. Even when there were lap lines, after the dye had completely dried they were that noticeable.
The dye dried leaving a dusty film. I sprayed right over it and it ended up fine. I also tested foam brushing over it and it was fine too.
That was my experience and despite me stressing over it, in the end it turned out good. The only problem I ran into was that before spraying the finish, I had everything set up out side and it started to sprinkle. Before I got everything hauled back into the garage, some of the pieces suffered some water spots where the rain hit the unfinished dye. Oh well, canít see it from the couch.