So, now I'm looking into wood dying instead to see if that's any easier and would like to try a kit of colors. Again, I work with a lot of rock maple. Any dyes and/or procedures that work best with that?
Alot of guys use transtint, but working with Sherwin Williams, I use their S61 dye concentrates.
They have black, orange, red, yellow, blue, brown, and bordeaux. With these colors you can mix and match any of them to make any color you want. I even add a little of the Sherwin Williams P63 white vinyl to the dye when I need that kinda smokey look. As far as solvents go, you can mix the dyes in acetone, lacquer thinner, alcohols, and water.....you can even tint sealers, lacquers, shellac, poly, etc to make toners.....because these dyes are Universal dyes, which means they will mix into everything, even alkyd based wipe stains. I strictly use black, yellow, and red (thats the only colors you really need) all the time to make NGR dye stains. Here are some high points:
1. Reducible with a variety of solvents and with water.
2. A color palette of seven bright clean colors which makes all color matches possible.
3. Can be used under all SHER-WOOD® solvent and water based clears.
4. Excellent light fastness and fade resistance.
5. Blendable with the water reducible wipe stain line to make dye or dye/pigmented wiping stains.
Each bottle is a quart and runs about $80 each which some people may think is alot, but do the math. I use the dyes almost every day and a bottle will last me well over a year. They are very strong, so you dont need alot. On average, I usually make quart stains and I roughly have only 15 grams of dye to a quart, unless its a really dark stain like espresso, then I might use up to 35 grams of color to 600 grams of whatever solvent Im using.