non toxic, transparent, water dye is especially for use under
Cream, however it can also be
used with confidence under all other types of surface finish.
Including: nitrocellulose, shellac, polyurethane, etc.
of 7 x 50ml dyes
Because the dyes are concentrated they can be diluted up to
10 times their volume in water and still have extremely strong dying
capabilities. It is also possible to obtain very subtle pastel shades
by adding full strength dye to 100 or even 1,000 times its volume of
are all made from colourings approved for use in
kindergartens and foodstuffs and are therefore NON-TOXIC
making them safe for use on bowls, food utensils,
children's toys, babies rattles, etc.
use Water Dye it is advisable to put in some fine
preparation work with abrasive paper. On most work it is
best to use the following grit papers. 180, 240, 320
& 400. On pens and small objects that will be under
close scrutiny or continually handled etc. use 600, 800
& 1200 grit also.
will raise the grain of some timbers, especially if used
hot, so it is imperative to wet down the timber prior to
clean rag or sponge in warm water, gently squeeze out
excess so as the rag is not dripping wet. Apply an even
wet coat of the warm water to the surface that is to be
stained. Wring out the cloth thoroughly and remove any
excess moisture from the timber. Allow the timber to dry.
If you wish to speed up the process you can apply heat
from a hair dryer to the surface. DO NOT use a heat
gun designed for paint stripping.
timber is dry, lightly sand the surface with your finest
abrasive to remove the raised grain (if any) You MUST use
400 grit or finer for this final sanding or you may tear
the grain and have to wet down a second time. If you
are working on a flat surface you must only sand with the
APPLYING THE DYE
are now ready to apply the dye to your work.. There are three main
applying the dye. Small objects can also be dipped or boil . Experiment
on: use a clean paint brush and apply an even wet coat to
the entire surface. Allow a couple of minutes for the dye
to penetrate the timber's surface then wipe off excess
with a clean dry rag.
2/ Use a
rag: this is best used for woodturners as the rag tends
to absorb too much of the dye when used on large areas.
Use a small piece of rag moistened with the dye and apply
an even coat to the timber with the lathe stopped. On
some timbers you may find it an advantage to apply the
dye with the lathe running, in this case beware not to
apply the dye too wet or you may have a lot of new
freckles on your arms and face.
Water Dye can be sprayed using high pressure, low
pressure or airless spray equipment. Apply an even coat
to the surface, allow a few minutes for surface
penetration then wipe off excess. (avoid runs on the
the application of the dye the surface of the timber is
raised again, it is now possible to flatten it with a
light sanding using your finest abrasive, this should not
effect the colour because it is in the wood not on the
wood. (make sure the timber is dry before sanding)
APPLYING A FINISH
dye has dried you can apply the desired finish to the
surface in the usual fashion or as per manufacturers
If using Shellawax, a wax stick or a paste
wax finish applied by rag you may find some of the dye
colour on the face of the rag. This is nothing to be
alarmed about, it is not the dye pulling off the timber,
it is simply some of the colouring pigment that did not
penetrate the surface of the wood. Remember that the
colour is in the wood not on the surface.
HINTS ON USE
penetration: apply the dye hot. As it is non flammable
the dye can safely be heated on a stove or microwave,
hot will allow for quicker and deeper penetration into
the timbers surface, however it may also raise the
grain dramatically if proper wetting down has not been
done prior to the application of dye.
colour: It is advisable to weaken the dye with water
prior to applying. How much water you use will depend on
how dense you wish the finished colour to be.
small portion of dye with 4 parts water and try it on a
scrap piece of wood for colour and intensity this can be
diluted further if required. Each coat of dye you apply
will darken the finished colour, so it is better to start
with a weak mix and give a few applications rather than
apply one dark coat.
can be used in both PVA & Hide glue gesso to create
startling decorative effects but be prepared for
unexpected colour changes when used to colour hide glue.
colours on white pine
By mixing and matching the above
colours you can create almost any colour under the sun.
If you put a drop of red in with the black you can create
a jet black, a spot of green in with the cedar will
create a walnut brown. The possibilities are endless.....
These dyes are specially for
use under Shellawax & Shellawax Cream but can
be used under all other surface finishes, including: Danish
oil, polyurethane, nitrocellulose lacquer
varnish, shellac, etc.
CAREFULBefore using these
dyes under water based polyurethane or any other water based
would be wise to try a test piece. It is possible
that the dye might bleed out into the finish.
If you find the colour bleeds it can be sealed in
with a thin coat of white shellac prior to the
application of the polyurethane
These dyes will stain hands and
clothing. Wear rubber gloves and
protective outer clothing or take care. Rinse stained
clothing in cold running water. When machine washing
stained garments, wash separately or you may stain other
cloths. Hands can be cleaned by scrubbing in hot soapy
water however some dried stains can be very hard to
remove & may be visible for a day or so.