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How To Apply Dye Stain From Our Aniline Dyes

Keda Dye, based in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area offers wood stain application tips. Use our aniline dyes to get the look you want for your wood piece by following our easy instructions. These tips should be followed after properly mixing dyes.

Application Tips

The aniline dyes in our kits are affordable and known for highlighting wood grains, and leaving a clean, vibrant finish. Test your dye stain and wood sealer on a scrap piece of wood to determine your complete color outcome. To apply, sand entire wood surface with a 150-grit to 180-grit sand paper, and wipe area clean after finished. Use fresh dye stains to ensure fade resistance, and best dye colors reults. Mix the wood dye with water or isopropyl alcohol, and apply with your desired tool of application, either a sponge, rag, brush, or spray gun. Be sure to  saturate areas thoroughly. Let wood dyes penetrate wood for two to seven minutes in order to achieve rich, deep color. The longer the dye stain is left to penetrate the wood, the deeper the color. Do not let it dry thoroughly without wiping off excess stain, unless intended.


To remove excess dye stain, lightly wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth. Allow the stain to dry. If desired, apply an additional coat. When desired color is achieved, burnish the fully dried, dyed wood with a clean, lint-free towel to prepare the surface for sealing, and to prevent any excess dye from transferring into the sealer. Worst case scenario the wood can be salvaged again by sanding the dried wood stain off, with a heavy grit sand paper, so bare wood is exposed. Follow up by sanding the wood with a 150 – 180 grit sand paper until smooth.


We recommend using a UV protecting sealer over the dried wood dye stain in order to protect the color. If you choose not to use a UV sealer, the color can still last for a long time as long as you keep the wood finishes out of direct sunlight. When applying the first seal coat, we recommend applying a very light, thin coat with minimal rubbing, and then let it dry. This will seal the wood dyes and help prevent any possible reactions. Apply subsequent coats of wood sealer according to manufacturer's recommendations. After sealer cures, follow up with wet sanding and polishing if desired.