How to Color Wood with Toner and Glaze Finishes Video Screenshot

Its all about dye, "Wood Whisperer Style". My goal with this video is to grossly simplify the confusing world of dyes, while also giving you the knowledge you need to determine the working characteristics of any dye just by looking at the ingredients list or MSDS. We'll discuss the different types of dyes, how to apply them, and we'll even get into the chemistry behind water-based finishes and a key family of solvents known as glycol ethers. Knowledge is power!

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How to Color Wood with Toner and Glaze Finishes - Video Transcript

Speaker 1: Just because you put a first coat of finish on wood, it doesn't mean it's Last Chance Gulch for adding color. Once the top coat is dry, you can create highlights and shadows on a workpiece by applying toner or glaze over it. Toner is clear finish with a small amount of color added. You spray it on so you can control exactly where the color goes. It's available commercially in aerosol cans or if you own a sprayer, you could mix it yourself.

Speaker 2: Glaze is a very think stain, but because you put it over a sealed surface, you can control how much stays on or is wiped off. Here's the process. Apply it then wipe off as much as you like. Blend it or feather it using a drive fairly springy brush. China Bristle works well for this. Keep a clean rag or paper towel handy to wipe off the brush if it gets too wet. If it all goes horribly awry, you can always wipe it off and start over.