Colored stain adds gorgeous accents to your work.  Zoom

General Finishes Water Based Stain, Reducer-Stains

product name price quantity total
Water-Based Dye Stain, Light Brown - Pint Item #: 29616
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Yellow - Pint Item #: 28714
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Dark Brown - Pint Item #: 27988
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Orange - Pint Item #: 26781
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Amber - Pint Item #: 25601
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Cinnamon - Pint Item #: 25366
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Merlot - Pint Item #: 24759
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Medium Brown - Pint Item #: 24286
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Ebony - Pint Item #: 23089
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Emperial Red - Pint Item #: 22902
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Green - Pint Item #: 22739
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Vintage Cherry - Pint Item #: 22122
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Blue - Pint Item #: 21119
In Stock
 
$13.99

Pint
$13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Light Brown - Pint Item #: 29616
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Yellow - Pint Item #: 28714
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Dark Brown - Pint Item #: 27988
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Orange - Pint Item #: 26781
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Amber - Pint Item #: 25601
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Cinnamon - Pint Item #: 25366
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Merlot - Pint Item #: 24759
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Medium Brown - Pint Item #: 24286
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Ebony - Pint Item #: 23089
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Emperial Red - Pint Item #: 22902
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Green - Pint Item #: 22739
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Vintage Cherry - Pint Item #: 22122
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99
Water-Based Dye Stain, Blue - Pint Item #: 21119
In Stock
 
Price:
$13.99
Pint
Quantity:
Total: $13.99

Overview

Add some life to your next project with these unique, water based, ultra penetrating stains. Designed to work like solvent-based stains, they feature deep rich tones that enhance the wood grain and produce vibrant colors — especially on woods like cherry, walnut and maple. Dye stains can also be used as a toner when mixed with certain water-based topcoats.

Tech Spec

Technical Downloads:

Reviews

Customer Reviews

6 Review(s)

View All

Great Product With the Right Process

Jeff Posted March 26, 2014
I've had good luck using the GF dye stains and gotten some really nice results, though it sounds like others have not. My guess is that this is more of a process problem than an issue with the dye stain. Here's what I've found works well:

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.

Used the "Melot" to get the...

Guest from Kennesaw, GA Posted September 1, 2013
Used the "Melot" to get the color of and old M1 Garand stock on a new Ruger 10/22 Compact. The wood is most likely white Birch. First coat was very red indeed. Sanded any blotchy spots and applied a second coat. The red mellowed somewhat overnite. Applied pure Tung oil over the finish the next afternoon. The oil added depth and the yellow oil over the Merlot is the prefect match for the old Garand color. Work fast.

I used the General Finishes dye...

Guest from Prairieville, LA Posted June 28, 2009
I used the General Finishes dye stain mixture of orange and medium brown to achieve a stain color I have not been able to previously find as a stand alone color. Mixing colors is a trial and error method but excellent results can be had. Just remember to label your mixture percentages for when you get the right mixture you are looking for.As with any water based dye or stain you must be extremely cautious of its fast drying time or you will have blotching or uneven staining. Rockler references an EF Extender to increase working time [this is offered in this listing].

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Videos

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
Feedback X