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Homestead Dry Dye, Coral Pink
Homestead Dry Dye, Coral Pink Item #50115
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$12.99 Ounce
Homestead Dry Dye, Grey
Homestead Dry Dye, Grey Item #50675
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Homestead Dry Dye, Java
Homestead Dry Dye, Java Item #58970
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Homestead Dry Dye, Ebony
Homestead Dry Dye, Ebony Item #54584
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Black
Homestead Dry Dyes, Black Item #90539
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Cardinal Red
Homestead Dry Dyes, Cardinal Red Item #90525
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Turquoise Blue
Homestead Dry Dyes, Turquoise Blue Item #90523
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Orange
Homestead Dry Dyes, Orange Item #90515
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Medium Green
Homestead Dry Dyes, Medium Green Item #90529
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Lemon Yellow
Homestead Dry Dyes, Lemon Yellow Item #90527
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Dark Mission Brown
Homestead Dry Dyes, Dark Mission Brown Item #90537
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Light Oak
Homestead Dry Dyes, Light Oak Item #21098
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Medium Reddish Brown
Homestead Dry Dyes, Medium Reddish Brown Item #90531
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Burnt Sienna
Homestead Dry Dyes, Burnt Sienna Item #90533
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Cherry
Homestead Dry Dyes, Cherry Item #21056
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Antique Cherry Brown
Homestead Dry Dyes, Antique Cherry Brown Item #21072
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Homestead Dry Dyes, Early American Maple
Homestead Dry Dyes, Early American Maple Item #90535
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Homestead Dry Dyes

Rather than sitting on the surface, dry dyes penetrate deep into the wood for a transparent, natural look.
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Dry dyes are designed to sink deep into the wood, coloring the fibers from within. This results in a transparent look with maximum shimmer, as light is able to penetrate and reflect off the natural grain. Homestead's Transfast® dry dyes come in a fine powder form and are mixed to exact specifications from the finest raw materials. Once dissolved, they can also be added to water-based clear finishes as toners or used to modify the color of off-the-shelf waterborne stains. Dyes contain no fillers or extenders; one ounce of dry dye makes two quarts of stain. Dye stains are colorfast and can be applied with brush, cloth, or sprayed. Available in a variety of popular colors, which can be mixed to produce an endless array of hues.

(1) Homestead Dry Dye, 1 oz.
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Weight 1.3000
Tech Spec
  • Water Soluble
  • Use: Interior
  • Contain no VOC's (volatile organic compounds)
  • Non-flammable, virtually odorless
  • Colors can be mixed
Size 1 oz
Species Antique Cherry, Black, Burnt Sienna, Cardinal Red, Cherry, Dark Mission Brown, Early American Maple, Lemon Yellow, Light Oak, Medium Green, Medium Reddish Brown, Orange, Turquoise Blue
4.4 / 5.0
71 Reviews
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Simple, easy to use and manipulate. Stores well, like forever. Love these stains on maple - the depth is really cool.
May 29, 2018
over 2 years ago
Homestead dye
I used to highlight the curly grain in some maple and it worked well.
March 18, 2018
over 2 years ago
Wood Dye
Easy to use and has great color, Applied to a flag topped humidor
Water dye
Water dye
December 28, 2017
over 2 years ago
homestead dry dyes
wasn't to sure about this as a first time user, but love the results. Kiddie , toddler, rocker made out of !/2 inch birch ply, with interlocking slip joints, no glue or fasteners, and all held together with a turned dowel pin in the back...Love the two colors together
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September 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent like fact you can add more to increase the intensity of color you desire. Can't with liquid dye.
September 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dry dies
I have used these to tint wood filler and epoxy, with great success.
August 25, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dye success
I used the turquoise blue dye on a sanded thick slice of teak and the color was a perfect match to the sample. Intense color, too. I would use this brand again.
June 22, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dark Mission Brown
This wood dye by Homestead worked just how I wanted, and maybe a little more. I used it to color some Walnut for small drawers, and the color is dark like I wanted. I was going for very dark color, and change my mind on the jel stain after this dye and the sanding sealer. Just this color alone is what I wanted.
Dark mission brown color.
Dark mission brown color.
December 31, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
easy to use, create your own colors, take very little to make a lot of stain
November 25, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great once you get comfortable with it.
It's certainly a better value for the money than any stain I've used. For a $14 bottle I've dyed a blanket chest and 3 cabinets and still have half the bottle left. I just use some cut up t-shirts as rags to apply it and it comes out nice and evenly, I would recommend doing 2 coats. Apply it once and wipe up the excess, sand it lightly after a few hours, apply it again, wipe up the excess again, lightly sand it again and after it dries totally begin applying your finish. I used minwax clear gloss polyurethane and minwax satin polyurethane and couldn't be happier with the results.
November 9, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Experimenting with Maple
Edward b on Aug 6, 2018
used before and really like these dye stains for furniture.
Gerald I on Jul 6, 2018
Experimenting with Maple
Edward b on Aug 6, 2018
I want to control the density of the dye, so powder is he way to go. Also I can choose different liquids for transferring the dye powder.
James H on Jul 6, 2018
used before and really like these dye stains for furniture.
Gerald I on Jul 6, 2018
I've always been curious about using dyes as opposed to stains and I'm currently working on a project where it doesn't matter if I screw it up.
Gavin S on Jul 1, 2018
I sanded a bench too much and stain will not work so I thought I would try dye instead to see if it will work on this bench.
Wanda B on May 17, 2018
More control on "blotchy" woods like pine and maple. Easy to use.
Hobart G on May 4, 2018
Much better than stain.
David B on Apr 22, 2018
Past experience with these products.
Gerald I on Apr 8, 2018
I have stopped using the oil based wood stains, I have found that the Homestead “wood dyes” give me much superior results: they color the wood far more evenly, even woods with a high oil content, they apply easier, you can tone the color to your desired color easily, and they dry far faster. I love these wood dyes.
KenEng. on Mar 29, 2018
Have used these dyes before and they last forever,<br />color predictability is a bit ify but experimentation gives great results.
Michael S on Mar 22, 2018
Informative site and appropriate colors.
stephen m on Feb 20, 2018
I want a wider variety of colors for wood projects, including guitar bodies and necks.
Kevin on Jan 18, 2018
it is the best, and Rockler always give great service.
Ryan M. Eldridge E on Jan 13, 2018
Need the color for a project
Howard N on Dec 18, 2017
Trying dyes instead of stains for intarsia projects
Stanley J on Dec 16, 2017
Want to try dyes for more versatility over stains.
Kevin on Dec 3, 2017
have a piece of shelving I need to match close than a stain is allowing
stephan c. h on Nov 17, 2017
Trying to stain maple plywood which was not taking a regular stain, and was advised that dye stains are something to try.
Jim W on Nov 3, 2017
These wood dyes give me the ultimate control in the background color of wood I stain.
Christopher R on Sep 15, 2017
saw the outcome of someone using it
chuck r on Aug 11, 2017
Used before, worked well
Ruby C on Aug 6, 2017
Great value
Joe on Jul 20, 2017
great for use on soft woods esp when used with a seal coat.
robert h on Jul 9, 2017
Because I felt like it.
Emery H on Jul 7, 2017
last a long time on the shelf NIce color
Bryan H on Jun 2, 2017
Because this stuff is amazing. Best way to color your wood, hands down!
JESS W on May 28, 2017
Hoping to match new cabinet to old ones.
Joe on May 3, 2017
Dye I wanted could not be shipped to Alaska, so choose a dry dye that I can mix.
Everette B on Apr 25, 2017
who knows
Mr. Thomas H on Apr 13, 2017
going to try new stain
william d on Apr 12, 2017
explained the dyes can be mixed with water based urethane
Catherine S on Apr 5, 2017
best way to get the color I need into wood
jonathan s on Mar 25, 2017
to color grain before applying clear finish
NICHOLAS L on Feb 5, 2017
why not?
Braden T on Jan 21, 2017
to dye a project that stain would not darken enough
Boyd R on Jan 1, 2017
good reviews
Jay on Nov 11, 2016
I wish your company spent time on-line and in the catalog teaching the minimum about finish because we are begging for guidance and direction during the finishing process, Do Like Steps for a high end finish step 1, step 2 ect...
Steven C on Nov 10, 2016
Trying to order Transfast dyes but this was all that was offered and without any cross reference on colors it is difficult to know if these dyes will work in existing color recipes.
Gerald I on Oct 31, 2016
Experimenting with finishes for possible future projects.
Leanne A on Oct 20, 2016
Very easy to mix and use
Bamr on Oct 19, 2016
Wanted particular color of blue
Richard B on Oct 18, 2016
I just received this product, I have not used dyes for staining prior to this purchase, but this dye works much better than all other staining products I have used. The oak color matches the actual wood very accurately and enhances the work beautifully.
KenEng. on Oct 16, 2016
Used these dyes before, I like them
Jeff B on Oct 12, 2016
Water solubility
archergus on Sep 30, 2016
I use this to get the right tones on my furniture
Jerry P on Sep 28, 2016
To dye 2 part epoxy.
MATTHEW O on Sep 27, 2016
If you're not using dyes, you are missing out! Water based so no stink and easy cleanup. Looks far superior to stains.
JESS W on Sep 11, 2016
For husband's intarsia project
Sharilyn F on Aug 31, 2016
dying epoxy wood fillers
James K on Aug 30, 2016
I can offer a wonderful finish that my customers would typically be unaware of. Sets me apart from the competition.
Rod F on Aug 4, 2016
I want to control the density of the dye, so powder is he way to go. Also I can choose different liquids for transferring the dye powder.
James H on Jul 6, 2018
I've always been curious about using dyes as opposed to stains and I'm currently working on a project where it doesn't matter if I screw it up.
Gavin S on Jul 1, 2018
Can you mix these dyes into shellac? Or should I stick to transtint for that application?
Zac B on Oct 3, 2016
Can these powders be mixed in oil based clear gel stain?
Chris on Aug 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Steve Mickley has a free education site loaded with his articles on stains and dyes. This Q&A site does not allow direct links but you can google his name and his site is called "ask Him". He explains the difference in the chemical structure of water based dyes that chemically change the cells of wood during absorption and how pigment stains such as oil are not absorbed and do not chemically change the cell structure of wood. Pigment stains cover the surface of wood like paint. He mentions blotching when mixing dyes and pigment stains. Read his articles and see if you can get your answer. I refer to his articles all the time. You can also email him with questions.
Can you mix this with alcohol instead of distilled water?
mchaggis on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: transtints would work better with alcohol
Is this dye uv resistant?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it is not UV resistant which is why I finished my outdoor project with 2 layers of Epifanes extra UV Filter varnish. The dye color will last much longer if the final finish has UV filter.
Is this product safe for use in dying children's building blocks, log cabin logs?
Stuart S on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it's no toxic and water based, it should be safe.
this water based stain did not penetrate my previously stripped wood. It's sat on the surface so when I added my oil sealer it wiped off. Can I add this powder tint to a polyurethane finish clear?
Dianne D on Dec 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can not add these dyes to polyurethane. Use Mixol if you wish to tint polyurethane.
Mixol Universal Tint, 20ml Bottle
Mixol Universal Tint, 20ml Bottle
Are these aniline dyes?
Jamie B on Jul 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes I believe they are. Just remember that a little powder goes a LONG WAYS.
Can you use this to dye epoxy before filling holes?
Butch on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I mixed the dye with 5 minute epoxy to create an accent band of color in my turned piece. This worked well, however I strongly recommend a longer cure epoxy. I mixed two batches and could tell the difference in the two concentrations of powder.
Is it is possible to mix the grey dye with something to achieve a grey with a slightly less brown tone?
Steve B on Jan 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's the great thing about dyes. With a water base dye you can make the hue as dark or as light as you want in order to get the color you wants you can mix colors together, either using the powder to mix the color, then adding water or mixing both colors with water first and then perfecting the color you want by combing the two or more colors to get your perfect color.
How long does water based dye have to dry before clear coat of laquer?
Daniel M on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If the weather is warm, I would give it 6 hours. You will have to use retarder in bad humidity anyway.
Is this dye 1 oz to 1 quart?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 1 oz. will make 2 quarts
We are trying to dye hardwood Sawdust for Incense. Can You Help?
Don H on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The color is really good!!! The best part it is that you can manipulate the color easy by mixing and diluting. Really good product. Just take caution!!! Check with the manufacturer to see if it's toxic if burned. I doubt it because it's water based.
Can I use this product to tint water base spar varnish for exterior door?
Dr. Bob on Oct 18, 2016
Once mixed, how long can it be stored in a water-tight bottle or jar?
Dan R on Feb 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I mixed up a large batch two years ago, still using it just fine.
Has anyone ever tried to tint granite with dry dye?
lisarlucky13 on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I due to the chemical make up of granite, I don’t believe that granite will bond chemically very well with dyes. Iron in a dye would bond with granite, but would not produce a pleasing surface colors. I have granite tool surfacing blocks in my shop- one was exposed to iron and the surface looked “muddy”. Cleaned the rust off using chlorine.
Can this be mixed in exopy for table tops?
joe w on Nov 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No I would use it on the clean fresh wooden table top first, then once it’s dry apply the epoxy over the top.

It is a water based wood dye, it may mix with waterborn epoxy and alter the color but it won’t dye the wood very well.
Is this suitable for outdoor furniture?
Ashley P on May 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Depending on the wood, the dyes can be used and should color the wood. As to strength, that depends on the color and what you are looking for. The liquid transient dyes are very concentrated and might work better. You must put a protective coating such as spar varnish on after using the dye to protect it. You may still get some lightening over time due to the sun.
can this be sprayed from an airbrush?
Sid... on Feb 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be sprayed through an airbrush providing that you miix a little of the powder with denatured alcohol, then filter it through a small funnel with a fine screen to remove any undissolved powder.
Can this be used outdoors with wood epoxy to blend with gray teak wood cracks in sailboat toerail?
Forever on Apr 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: In general, dyes are not for exterior use and may fade when exposed to sunlight. Your results may be better if you use a stain instead of a dye.
What is used for a top coat ?
Larry S on Oct 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Shellac sealer then 3to4 coats of lacquer, if for heavy use than just varathane
Can i finish with food safe wood oil?
Isadora on Jul 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This finish will absorb into untreated wood. Afterward it dries you have to seal it. That would leave you to chose among food safe sealers. (This dye will come away from and stain on contact when it becomes wet again...until it is sealed properly. The colors are truly bright, though)
Will this work on PVC, Azek?
Grandpa on Dec 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will stain the PVC, it needs a binder though. It is missible in clear lacquer which should bond to the PVC
I am making wood blocks to sell to knife makers for handle material amd want to dye the curly maple i have. Will this dye penetrate deep enough so when they cut into it the wood will still be dyed thru and not just the surface?
Nikolai S on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used this product on an ash turned bowl. However, I burned the surface of the bowl before applying the color which was also black... I liked the result, but wonder if the burning process opened the pours of the wood... Curly maple is very hard wood and sharp knives in time would probably cut into the finish... But, you need to try on a piece to know for sure if it meets your demands.
what can I use to add some white to this for a lighter color?
Mike M on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: the strength or depth is controlled by how much water you use when mixing
How much coverage will the 1 ounce of dry dye provide?
Michael W on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Last time I used it I mixed for a very dark color, probably used less than 1/4 of the recommended water... I've done 4 coffee tables and 2 end tables... A large dining table top...and still have some left in a can..sorry I wasn't more scientific...bottom line... It goes a long way.... Just make sure it dries, at least 24 hours before too goes on very dull, but pops with a top coat... Much better for uniform coverage than the oil based stains....
Can I mix these dyes with a joint compound to use as a grain filler?
Allen W on Aug 14, 2017
I am going to build a laminated longbow I want to use a wood dye it says indoor use only if I seal it will it be suitable for outdoor use while using in in climate weather?
Steve on Apr 19, 2017
Can you use this dye over previously stained and finished cabinets and if so how well does it change the existing color? I have medium orange oak cabinets. I am trying to either pull some of the orange out without making them extremely dark or make them a darker grey if possible. I was hoping I could degloss and sand them and not have to strip them for this dye to penetrate. Any advice?
Ashley J on Feb 15, 2017