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Coffee Brown TransTint® Dye
Coffee Brown TransTint® Dye Item #57634
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Honey Amber TransTint® Dye
Honey Amber TransTint® Dye Item #21979
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Green TransTint® Dye
Green TransTint® Dye Item #22147
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Orange TransTint® Dye
Orange TransTint® Dye Item #22307
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Lemon Yellow TransTint® Dye
Lemon Yellow TransTint® Dye Item #22797
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Blue TransTint® Dye
Blue TransTint® Dye Item #23785
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Bordeaux TransTint® Dye
Bordeaux TransTint® Dye Item #25598
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Amber TransTint® Dye
Amber TransTint® Dye Item #26944
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Purple TransTint® Dye
Purple TransTint® Dye Item #29627
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Golden Brown TransTint® Dye
Golden Brown TransTint® Dye Item #24460
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Reddish Brown TransTint® Dye
Reddish Brown TransTint® Dye Item #27582
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Medium Brown TransTint® Dye
Medium Brown TransTint® Dye Item #27770
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Dark Walnut TransTint® Dye
Dark Walnut TransTint® Dye Item #25182
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Dark Mission Brown TransTint® Dye
Dark Mission Brown TransTint® Dye Item #27419
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Cordovan TransTint® Dye
Cordovan TransTint® Dye Item #24397
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Brown Mahogany TransTint® Dye
Brown Mahogany TransTint® Dye Item #22303
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Dark Vintage Maple TransTint® Dye
Dark Vintage Maple TransTint® Dye Item #24137
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Red Mahogany TransTint® Dye
Red Mahogany TransTint® Dye Item #25558
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Bright Red TransTint® Dye
Bright Red TransTint® Dye Item #28326
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Black TransTint® Dye
Black TransTint® Dye Item #26924
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Concentrated dye solution makes it easy to apply beautiful color to your project. Mix with water for an economical, non-flammable stain or with alcohol/ lacquer thinner for a fast drying, non-grain raising stain. For use as a finish toner, simply add the dye concentrate to shellac, water-base finishes, solvent lacquers, and catalyzed varnish or lacquers.


  • All colors are intermixable to produce custom shades
  • Ideal for tinting woodworking glues, touch up and repair work, and adjusting the color of pre-mixed stains
(1) 2.0 oz bottle of TransTint® Dye
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Brand Transtint
Tech Spec
  • Not for exterior use
Size 2 oz
4.7 / 5.0
179 Reviews
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Very easy to use
The dyes were easier to use than I thought, and if don't over dilute, the colors are very vibrant. The water solubility makes it easy to clean up.
May 17, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to dial in your color.
Easy to mix as dye or tint for finish coat.
April 28, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Stunning colors and easy to use
I have used several colors of TransTint dyes on various light wood species. The colors pop so brilliantly that the results are astonishing.

The effect on curly maple is particularly amazing as the grain is beautifully enhanced.

I have found it easy to get good results both by dipping and by brushing and reducing with ethanol causes no grain raising.

For small items, the 32:1 dilution ratio (1oz to 1quart) can be accomplished accurately using an eye dropper.
April 6, 2020
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beautiful Color
Mixed the solution with water and applied to a mahogany guitar which came out so beautifully. The blue just kept getting deeper and more vibrant with each application. Highly recommend TransTint dyes.
February 19, 2020
4 months ago
Aniline dyes, are far superior to most common wood stains. The strength that one mixes the dye is what color you get. You can apply multiple coats and it keeps enhancing the wood not masking it. It also works perfect for dyeing leather projects!
December 25, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to use!!
Adds clear, rich, color to all of my projects.
December 13, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Expensive, nasty-smelling stuff. Keep your nitrile gloves on and a window open over the bench, but... it sure works.

Used it to color epoxy for bonding a slightly "gappy" set of ebony knife scales. If anything, the seam line is blacker than the adjacent, VERY dark ebony.

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December 12, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Transtint dyes
Very good product that is also color fast unlike aniline dye. It is great for bringing out the curl in Tiger Maple.
October 16, 2019
12 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Transtint dyes are soluble into water, alcohol, acetone & lacquer thinner. Perfect for tinting finishes, or use as dye colors on bare wood. I've used these for doing sunburst patterns on curly maple guitars.
October 9, 2019
over 5 years ago
Worked great on re-staining 40 YEAR RATTAN DINING ROOM CHAIRS. Stain took nicely.
September 22, 2019
9 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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experimenting with bright colors,,,,liked the choices
WILLIAM A on Jul 27, 2018
Restoring a walnut mid-century chair and am trying to make a stain that will be similar to what was on it originally.
Kathleen S on Jul 3, 2018
experimenting with bright colors,,,,liked the choices
WILLIAM A on Jul 27, 2018
Suggestion from a video
Abby L on Jul 10, 2018
Restoring a walnut mid-century chair and am trying to make a stain that will be similar to what was on it originally.
Kathleen S on Jul 3, 2018
professional woodworkers use it; chose it due to the high quality of the product
Sharon C on Jun 26, 2018
To use!
Preacher on Jun 23, 2018
I'm using this dye combination to simulate old worn barn wood, per Scott Wunderwood.
David S on Jun 16, 2018
recommended by woodworker
robert l on Jun 11, 2018
Quality of the Product.
Luis H on Jun 9, 2018
I thought that these color's/dyes would provide the various color I want for the items I am planning to make.
Mary Jane A on Jun 6, 2018
Better color than other dyes. Can play with colors by just adding water.
dennis b on May 28, 2018
I saw a video where they used this dye in shellac and also in a sanding sealer and the color came out great. Looks like it may be a good option for adding color/tint to difficult-to-stain woods like least I hope.
Samuel D. E on May 27, 2018
Works great and is easy to use
Daryl E on May 25, 2018
I need to match stain from an older set of cabinets.....Heard great things about Transtint.
Doug B on May 21, 2018
I have used another color of this dye to tint water based varnishes and liked the results. I needed a different color.
ROBERT C on May 16, 2018
We've used the product before and am pleased with the results.
Nathan H on May 3, 2018
saw a post on Pinterest
Stacey M on May 3, 2018
To use it on walnut wood.
Victor S on Apr 27, 2018
Used this brand before. Works very well. Needed some black.--Andy K
harold k on Apr 21, 2018
Wood Whisperer Mark Spagnola recommended on his youtube channel.
Nicholas K on Apr 11, 2018
To Dye wood
Kenneth S on Apr 5, 2018
Great Product - use regularly
Gregory B on Mar 29, 2018
Mission furniture project
Bruce a on Mar 26, 2018
Color I needed
Bret M on Mar 21, 2018
Ive used transtint dyes in the past. They are vibrant while letting the grain pattern shine through. Makes for a beautiful combination
Bradley P on Mar 20, 2018
quality and mixes with different types of finishes
Michael W on Mar 19, 2018
I want to enhance the grain without coloring the wood.
Darryl W on Mar 18, 2018
Par a finishing article for oak furniture in Fine Woodworking.
Michael J. M on Mar 6, 2018
I saw this item being used on YouTube.
Robert N. E on Feb 24, 2018
Using this for a curly maple bench I am building in our mudroom
Cameron G on Feb 19, 2018
To dye a guitar project I'm working on.
Dante Z on Jan 24, 2018
Great dye for stringed instruments
Bryan P on Jan 22, 2018
for a project and aaron cain suggested it so i followed his suggestion
Carson H on Jan 10, 2018
Hoping to be able to get some colour into some hard maple.
Kevin K on Dec 31, 2017
Because the project I'm working on needs that particular color, and stain doesn't work very well on curly maple.
Peter K on Dec 12, 2017
Try something new for my projects
Rick F on Dec 8, 2017
I have a project that needs green....simple
Chris on Nov 22, 2017
Great vibrant colors
Chris on Nov 9, 2017
I want to be able to mix with Shellac for accent pieces on projects
HEIDI A on Nov 9, 2017
im staining a guitar most of the videos i have watched on you tube they are using these tints and i love the colors that show up after tinting and finishing with tru oil awesome finish i cant say enough about this product except buy some and try it you wont be let down
douglas h on Nov 8, 2017
Recommended !
Steve S on Nov 7, 2017
John B on Oct 25, 2017
Use this item to finish bracelets with. Works well with poly.
Tom E on Oct 11, 2017
no problems with this product, because it is soluble on any finish you want to use>
Saul B on Sep 28, 2017
Recommended by a friend
Jeff & Meredith K on Sep 7, 2017
Use these dye tints for years. Excellent product
Diane S on Aug 27, 2017
Trying to match some antique furniture.
Eric C. K on Aug 25, 2017
First time buyer of this product. The reviews were very good so i decided to give it a try on the current project that i am working on.
Harry on Aug 13, 2017
This seems to be well-regarded for tinting shellac.
TIMOTHY H on Aug 5, 2017
These dye stains actually work. True to color every time.
Todd S on Jul 30, 2017
Working with hard maple
Steven on Jul 29, 2017
Suggestion from a video
Abby L on Jul 10, 2018
professional woodworkers use it; chose it due to the high quality of the product
Sharon C on Jun 26, 2018
How do I add this to epoxy? Should it be thinned? If so, by what?
A shopper on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: TransTint, being a dye, can be thinned with water, denatured alcohol or whatever is compatible with your next coat. So... if you are adding this to epoxy, it doesn't need to be thinned at all, but depending on what color you are looking for, you may only need a a single drop or two.
Are these dyes food safe? I'm looking for dyes to use on chopping blocks/cutting boards.
bleuviper2 on Nov 4, 2015

As per their website: homesteadfinishingproducts . com
'Are dyes toxic?

The dyes we sell are not poisonous, but some are harmful if they are swallowed or ingested. Refer to the MSDS for each individual dye here.

Due to current regulations, TransTint and TransFast dyes are not suitable for food preparation surfaces, toys or infant furniture for children under the age of 12.'

Distilled from various sources:
Bob Flexner's 'Understanding Wood Finish' book, indicates that a 'finish' will be food safe after it's completely cured.

and this same applies to stains...once cured, they are also "safe". This is assuming they are oil-based stains that cure. Dyes and stains that are water or alcohol soluble could potentially bleed as they will re-dissolve when they come in contact with their reducer.'

and... 'Aniline dyes are food safe once they are dry. If used on a vessel or piece that will be used to serve food the recommendation is to put a clear coat of finish over the dye. Constant use will cause scratches and some wear and tear of the dye. Never put a wooden piece in the dishwasher (don’t ask me how I know this), instead wipe clean and towel dry.'

'The problem you face is that the "binder" in pigment stains that are intended to hold the insoluble pigment in place are insufficient to hold that pigment in place unless a film forming topcoat is applied. Such topcoats are incompatible with cutting.'

I believe that if you use any kind of colorant, it will not last long on any surface used as a cutting board.
I’m looking at dying a 12x14 oak floor. In dark brown. I was thinking of mixing dark walnut and a little black. What I’m wondering is if 2oz would be enough. Or should I do 4oz and 2 oz of the black?
Nicholas on Sep 28, 2017
Can this be diluted with isopropyl alcohol?
Bob J on May 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Don't use isopropyl. Use denatured alcohol.
Can I use this on outdoor furniture if I coat it with polyurethane?
A shopper on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You should check with the manufacturer, but it's my understanding that wood dyes tend to fade over time with exposure to sunlight. Otherwise, there's no other reason that I know of not to use them on outdoor furniture. Also, polyurethane on outdoor furniture can fail after a few years because UV radiation breaks down the wood below, which then causes the polyurethane to crack and peel.
Can I use oil base lacquer over this?
jerry on Sep 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's a water based tint, so once it's dried it can be covered with anything. Understrand, that it will be a ratther surface tint so some may come up if brushing, or wiping finish on over this. I have had great luck with these tints. Good to fix it with shelac prior to putting on final finish as it will set the pigment, then you can apply wichever finish you prefer without worry.
will this dye mix with epoxy?
Tom B on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes but it depends on your application. I use it to tone the epoxy for repairs and small fills. there are other less expensive and more mixable pigments for large volume applications like river table pours and bartops.
do i understand this correctly-these may be mixed into water or oil base or just laquer thinner or alcohol ?
ghost on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have used them in alcohol and water as a dye. I have used it in shellac and water based poly as a toner. Haven’t used it in oil base or in lacquer. It is a simple test to find out. Mix a small amount and try it on something other than a finish project Bery good product
What type of top coat is best for a high gloss guitar finish?
MaxRV on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The best top coat, in my opinion only, and I speak from having both a classical and a flamenco guitar, that a well rubbed in multi coats of lacquer will do the best. Heavy single coats should be avoided since they can alter resonance and create orange peel. If this is for an electric guitar, the field is open. Thickness does not play such a heavy influence and will only give the "looks". You could do an internet search to affirm my opinion or even call Tailor Guitars in El Cajon and see if they will divulge. Remember top do this in a very clean room and well ventilated. Lacquer can be very harmful when breathed in. Hope this helps.
best thing to use as a top(finish) coat over trans-tint ?
ernie on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends on what you are finishing? I assume you have used transtint to stain something wood an interesting color? After letting it dry for at least 24 hours use general finish wipe on polyurethane. Wipe this on evenly with a clean rag - the first coat will seal in the dye and you may notice some coming up on the rag. Minimum of three coats with 24 hours drying in between. Use superfine steel wool 0000 to "sand" in between the coats and after the last coat to get a silky smooth finish. This finish works well especially on furniture. Also if you want to darken or change the tint on the piece you can add a little transtint to the wipe on poly. Any oil based polyurethane with a brush would also work but not give you as nice a finish unless you could spray it. If you want any level of durability or to enhance the wood grain stay away from water based polys.
Can this type of dye be used as a solution for minor damages to wood furniture? For example, I have a cherry wood table that got a little banged up during my recent move - There are lighter spots where the finish was chipped off - Can I use this on those specific spots to cover up the damage?
Hailey W on May 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sounds like you are willing to go with the "Old English" approach. You would not be happy if you tried to use this product straight out of the bottle for spot coverage -- it is way too concentrated. But, if you want to experiment; try putting a drop or two in a small amount of denatured alcohol (say a tablespoon) and dabbing it on with a pointed stick or a q-tip (have a paper towel handy to catch any extra that tries to run down the surface). If you like the color match, you have at least removed most of the visual impact of the chip. The next proper step would be to seal it in with a clear finish. BTW, I would advise against using Old English, ever.
Which dye is closest to blood red?
EBradshaw on Jul 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Straight out of the bottle, Bright Red is about the closest but different tints can be mixed for "fine tuning." Also, how you use it will also have an effect -- for example, I mix into shellac will become translucent. If applied directly to wood, the basic color of the wood will affect the final result.
Can this be used to tint resins?
Roger L on Apr 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I've used tints with resins. But there are different "resins". A trial non-catalyzed small mix always a good idea. If it blends evenly, its compatible. Further guideline is don't use more Tint than you need. Black for instance : A whole bottle will give you black, but so might a much smaller amount. Potent stuff. Compatibility can have a tipping point by volume percentage of the 2 liquids.
how much will a bottle make?
steve s on Jul 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: there is no answer to that question
it depends on dilution

i have used it by drops into another liquid and i have used it full strength
wear gloves!
I want to use a tung oil final finish, can the dye be uses to tone the wood and would water based or alcohol based be recommended?
Danny M on Jan 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can use either water or alcohol. Keep in mind that in general, water will raise the grain of the wood more than alcohol, so using water as the base will require more finish sanding. The amount of grain raising will depend on the wood species. Alcohol as a base will raise the grain less, but you will have a shorter working soon as the alcohol evaporates, you won't really be able to work the color in smoothly, so it can be blotchy. The dye itself tends to be very dark, so it won't take much dye to base to start getting some color into the wood. Try a small amount with both water and alcohol and see which one will work best for you. Water = more finishing work after, but a better chance for more even coloring. Alcohol = less finishing, but much shorter working time if you're not used to the drying time of the alcohol.
Should I seal before adding oil based stain or should I put stain directly on top of the water based dye ?
Chris J on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Chris: I would not put oil based stains over water based aniline dyes with or without a sealer. The end result will look muddy. A primary reason to use dyes is to preserve the transparency of the wood grain. If the reason for adding an oil based pigment stain (someone on one of the chat sites called these a dirty brown lie) as a top glaze, is to darken or shift the color tone, I would simply add additional coats of the dye, or use a different color dye to achieve the look you want. Highly recommend the color wheel approach in Jeff Jewitt's two books offered by Taunton Press. Jeff owns Homestead Finishing by the way.
Can you put TransTint dyes in a NSK airbrush? Do you need to dilute it first? If so, what is the dilution ratio?
Marlies S on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Airbrush application depends on what you want to paint. Transtint is a concentrate and must always be diluted. Choose a medium suited to what you want to paint. Water or acrylic medium for paper, 2d art, lacquer, alcohol, or varnish for wood, enamel or epoxy mixes for china. The dilution ratio depends on what color is desired. Also, multiple coats can change the color or "depth" of the look. A few coats of colored lacquer or varnish dyed with the Transtint gives an effect af looking more deeply into the piece. An old Dutch Masters trick called glazing, also used in oil painting and antique furniture restoration and reproduction. Color results also depend on how deeply Transtint colors different mediums different ways. Do not mix in the airbrush's container but a separate one which you add to the container attached to the nozzle. Less is more. Add a tiny bit, spray or brush apply to a sample, adjust with more Transtint as needed, drop by drop, or less.
I ordered and received transtint dye Red Mahogany. I mixed it with water and tested it on a piece of wood. It was not as red as I wanted. The color chart appeared to have more red than I got on my test piece. I was going to order the deeper red and try this. I will try this alone and mixed with the red mahogany. Any suggestions on how to mix this dye to get the desired color and brightness I want?
Gary W on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The intensity and depth of color when using transtint dyes depends on the proportion of dye to solvent (water, shellac, or whatever you're using) in the solution. To get the color intensity as shown on the color charts, the ratio is one ounce of dye to one quart of solvent. What I've found helpful is to add the dye to a smaller amount of solvent. To get the color intensity I want, I add one ounce of dye to one-half quart of Bullseye clear shellac. I then try the mix and add more shellac to adjust if needed. Keep in mind that the color will look different on various species of wood.
Does it penetrate the wood so it can be sanded down or planed and still retain color?
Michael L on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: OK--dye only sinks so far into the wood, plus it depends on if the wood is porous, hard, soft, etc. If you are careful, you CAN make amazing effects removing some wood after dying . Don't ecpect to plane or sand off 1/4 inch and have the dye be just as applied to the surface. For all over even color, best to dye AFTER all sanding and shaping is done. Effects: dye, then sand the higher areas of the dyed piece to create lighter contrasting wear patterns or lighter areas in a design: lower bits stay darker. Like the knobby bits on a candlestick or carving. Raised grain on weathered wood (driftwood, weathered wood, etc.) can be sanded down after dying for a magical super show of grain on the wood. Great for unique trim, a picture or mirror frame, or rustic furniture. Remember to seal the wood after you're done.
Can the dyes be used on children's furniture if top coated with polyurethane?
Thomas S on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes that would work
Are these dyes food safe? I'm looking for dyes to use on chopping blocks/cutting boards.
bleuviper2 on Nov 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't use TransTint in that manner. I use it to color resins and epoxies. My own feeling is NO. There are CAUTION and WARNING statements on the back label, with reference to State of Calif. known hazards. Best bet would be to get the Mfgr's Safety Data Sheet and data from the company's website.
Can this be mixed into prepared 3# cut shellac (Rockler, garnet shellac kit) to deepen the color (from more orange to more brown)? I am trying to get new red oak trim in a renovated kitchen to match the trim in the older parts of the house (shellac on red oak, ca. 1890).
Rudy M on Oct 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yes you can use with a three pound cut. but I get better results mixing it with alcohol and putting the shellac over it. it mixes well with water but tends to make the fibers stand up requiring sanding before applying shellac.
I need to get my maple to a darker tone. Do I need wood conditioner such as benite before I apply dye, stain and finally, a clear coat?
Alex R on Aug 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Benite (the conditioner I use) or any other wood conditioner is designed to allow a stain to soak in evenly. It does this by filling in the wood pores with something akin to a sealer. Then when a stain is applied, it doesn't soak in as deeply. As an example, Maple will have a tendency to become splotchy when staining, the conditioner would be used to prevent that.

In general, you will find that Maple doesn't absorb much stain, and applying a lot will make the color look 'grainy'.

In a professional setting, I believe they would seal the wood (w/Shellac) and then spray the dye onto the surface so that a smooth even coat is applied. (This doesn't really work by hand... I've tried.)

So the final answer is: a conditioner would be wise, but a dye may not be what you really want...

You may have better luck sealing the wood w/Shellac Sanding Sealer then use a gel stain which isn't so much about soaking into the wood but laying the color on the surface. And then applying several coats.

As always... experiment.
can I use this product with a spray gun?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I can't think of a reason why not. I added some to sanding sealer I sprayed. But depending on how porous the wood you're dying, you might get better control of color saturation with a rag because you can go over spots where denser grain absorbs less.
Can I add this to an oil based product? I want to use Odie's oil and the recommend tinting the product.
A shopper on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could, but I would not. -- Any coloring/staining should happen before you apply your finish. This helps in applying an even color and protects the color from rubbing off...
Can this be used with a 2-part epoxy crack filler? If so, in what ratio?
Jim C on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It took just a drop or two in epoxy to color the epoxy (West Systems) very black. Mix epoxy for a minute first and than add the tint. No thinning of tint necessary.
Can I use this product over 1coat of oil base stain that is showing too much grain?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: OK--"too much grain?" dyes are ground too fine to occlude the grain. Just top coat with gel stain (larger pigment particles) which will hide grain a bit. This is an oil based product and can go over another stain, tint or varnish. Alternately, you CAN use a transtint dye right on top of another stain or varnish and it will stain right through the finish. You can darken a lighter finish this way, if that's what you mean by "too much".
Can this be added to water-based varnishes to mimic the warm color tone that oil-based varnishes give wood?
A shopper on May 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Try experimenting on a small quantity of product by reducing the dye with water and add to a sample of the water based varnish. Your best bet is to use the dye as described on the label, apply it to unfinished wood, then seal it with Arm-R-Seal or unwaxed shellac then, clear coat. I would suggest applying General Finishes Java gel stain over the sealed dye and wipe off, that will give you the warm tones to the wood like oil based varnish sometimes gives. A great deal depends on the wood
Can I add this to polyurethane to color maple blue, red, or green?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This Question » Yes, you can but you shouldn't . The best way to get the full rich tint of those dyes is to add them to de-natured alcohol (i.e. not "rubbing " alcohol) or water. I like alcohol because it doesn't raise the grain. Apply with a decent sponge brush or a small rag lightly wetted by the dye but not drippy. . Keep a wet leading edge to avoid streaks and wipe drips and spots as you go with a paper towel. Not wearing gloves will leave your hands tinted for a very long time. Let dry overnight, or a least 6 hours even though things may seem dry. You may re-dye the object again if you'd like a more vivid tint. If you add the dye to the finish, the poly. you mentioned, what you are doing is creating a light glaze which will not color the wood deeply. You will have to apply coat after coat to get anything like a deep color and not have very good control over the staining process, plus, you may get lap marks in the finish color which are unsightly. Especially on maple, which is hard to stain. I can tell you want to get a rich tone because of the colors you chose. That's why the Transtint in alcohol is great for staining maple--it works when nothing else will--regular stains just stay on the top, which may be why you are trying to put the Transtint in the poly finish. You are in for a real treat--surprise--something which will color a hard wood with deep rich color. Also, try the dye, then use a stain over it for a nifty effect. Possibly a gel stain. Don't use "hardware store" gel stain--Rockler has heavily pigmented lovely gel stains they sell and accept no substitutes or you will be disappointed.
At the standard mix of 1 ounce/quart water, how many square feet of curly maple will this cover in a single application?
Thomas M on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This stuff is super concentrated. It would be worth your time to experiment on a scrap piece of curly.