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Great Product With the Right ProcessPosted March 26, 2014
1. You can mix the dye stains with each other and with the reducer to get the exact color you want. Using the dye straight out of the can is the easiest option, but it's not that difficult to mix up your own colors.
2. Lay down the stain so that the wood is SOAKED. I use a foam brush and while brushing, ensure that no part of the piece is visibly dry. At this point the piece will look very dark - don't fear!
3. Wipe off with a rag or paper towel before the stain dries. This gives a nice even look across the piece. At this point, the piece is still a bit dark, particularly areas of the grain that have absorbed more of the stain. Again - don't worry. Let it dry for a few hours and the color will even out. I usually let it dry for 24 hours, but that's mostly because I only get to do a little bit of work each night after my kids are in bed :).
4. Put a coat of Seal-A-Cell over the dye stain. This is an OIL BASED sealer and shouldn't react with the water-based dye stain, but will seal the piece so that your glaze (if you apply one) and top coat do not interact with the dye stain. This is basically the same process as applying the dye stain. Lay it on heavy, wipe it off so that you cannot see any liquid pooled on the piece. Let this dry for 48hrs.
5. Glaze, if you want, with a GF glaze or a gel stain. I've found the gel stains to work really well as a "glaze" over the seal-a-cell.
6. Put any top coat on it. I've used both oil based and water based top coats with excellent results in either case.
The finish will look great, even, and does not diminish the appearance of the grain like many other stain options will. I am thoroughly pleased with the results I get from the GF dye stains.
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