Aniline Dyes - Application Tips - Keda Wood Dyes
Our 5 color aniline dye kit is great for light fastness, and for making high quality, aniline dye stains at an affordable price. Our wood dye kit also specializes in transparency of color, highlighting wood grains, and may be used with other wood dyes or wood stains. Keda wood dyes will leave a clean, vibrant wood finish, and really is one of the best wood dyes available anywhere.
Tips: Test your wood dye stain solution on a scrap piece of wood. Test with the wood sealer to see the complete wood dye color outcome. To apply, sand entire wood surface with a 150 - 180 grit sand paper, and wipe area completely clean of any debris. A proper surface preparation is well worth the effort, since this is the base for any finishing process. Simply mix the wood dye with warm water or isoporpyl alcohol until the wood dye completely dissolves. For best results apply dye stain with a staining sponge, paint brush, lint free cloth, or a spray gun soaking areas thoroughly. Aniline dye stain is to be left on to penetrate the wood for 2-7 minutes in order to achieve rich, deep, wood dye colors. The longer the wood dye stain is left on to penetrate the wood fibers, the deeper the color will be. Do not let the dye stain dry thoroughly without wiping excess off; unless intended.
Remove excess aniline dye stain by lightly wiping with a clean lint free cloth. Allow to dry, apply follow up coat if needed, let dry, then check your dye stain color. When desired color is achieved, burnish the dyed wood with a clean, lint free towel, this will help prepare the surface for sealing, and will help prevent any excess wood dyes from transferring into the sealer. In the event of worse case scenario, the wood may be salvaged by sanding the dye stain off with a heavy grit sand paper and gone over with fine grit sand paper until smooth again.
If you wish to insure the best in fade resistance, use fresh wood dye solutions, thoroughly saturate the wood’s surface with the wood dye stain, burnish the dried dye stain surface, and use a UV protecting sealer to help protect the aniline dye colors. Pollish the sealer if needed. Our wood dyes are very powerful, they are not diluted, so a small amount goes a long way. Visit Our Aniline Dye Photo Gallery
We also recommend if using our wood dye as an alcohol base, to add a few drops of hot water. This will insure all the wood dye dissolves quickly, and thoroughly. Our Blue wood dye will last much longer after mixing, if it is mixed with an isoproyl alcohol. If Blue weakens over time as a water base, gently warm it back up. Blue performs better as a water base when the dye stain solution is warm.
Sealing: We recommend using a UV protecting sealer of your choice over the dried wood dye stain in order to help protect the wood dye colors, but the wood dye colors, should still last for a long time as long as they are not in direct sunlight for long periods of time. When applying the first seal coat we recommend applying a very light, thin coat (a flash Coat) with minimal rubbing, and let dry. This will seal the wood dyes, and help prevent any possible reactions. Apply subsequent coats of the wood sealer according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and use a 240 -320 grit sandpaper for between seal top coat sanding.