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How to Mix Wood Dye Colors To Get Optimal Results

Mixing wood dye colors is essential to creating the ideal liquid wood stain to apply to your wood. Keda Dye, based in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area, provides easy-to-understand instructions on how too properly mix dyes. Read tips to learn the best way to apply our wood stains.


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Wood Dye Mixing Instructions

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Mixing Wood Dyes (Powders) With Water

A small amount of our dye goes a long way. A good starting ratio is about 1/8 tsp. (or about a 1/2 gram) of our dye to 6 oz. to 8 oz. of warm water. We recommend storing in cool, dry place, and mixing the wood dye powders in a rust-resistant container to prevent contamination. Once mixed, the liquid dye stain should be covered when not in use. Add the wood dye powder gradually to the warm water while stirring. Feel free to mix all five wood dye colors with each other in varied amounts to create your own custom wood stain. If the wood dye powder does not mix easily, simply warm the water a bit more in the microwave, and continue mixing until the powder dye is totally dissolved. It is best to mix only the amount you plan to use immediately for best reults. Our powder wood dyes will last for some time once mixed with the liquid, but it is always best to mix fresh dye stain solutions.

Mixing Wood Dye Powders With Alcohol 

Mix wood dyes into isopropyl alcohol and let the wood dyes rest 30 - 40 minutes after mixing. Dye powders should rest a little longer when using an alcohol base. Mix until the wood dyes are completely dissolved. To speed up the dissolving process, add a few drops of warm water. For the most color potency, it is still best to mix only the amount you will be using in the near future, but the wood dyes will store longer as an alcohol base dye stain.

Mixing Wood Dye Liquids With Solvents

Just like our wood dye powders, small amount of our liquid wood dye goes a long way as well. These are the top of the line wood dye liquids. A good starting ratio is  1/4th tsp. to 3/4th tsp. of our liquid dye to 6 oz. to 8 oz. of Lacquer thinner, Alcohol, Acetone, or other non oil based reagent (start with 1/4th tsp and work up, these are very color potent). Our liquid dyes do mix with water, but really are designed more for non oil solvent bases. We recommend storing and mixing the dye liquids in a rust-resistant container to prevent contamination, and storing at a warm room temperature, away from intense light, sparks or flames. Once mixed, the liquid stain should be covered when not in use. Add the wood dye liquid gradually to the Solvent reagent while stirring, or use a jar with sealed lid to shake well. Feel free to mix all five wood dye colors with each other in varied amounts to create your own custom stain. It is best to mix only the amount you plan to use immediately. Our wood dye liquid will last for some time once mixed with the reagent, but it is always best to mix fresh dye stain for dye color potency.

Please Note: Wood Dye Liquids Are Designed To Mix With Solvents As A Traditional Wood Finish Option, and designed to mix with solvents, but can be used with water base as well.

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