First Dye Job

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Project by Seer posted 09-27-2009 09:13 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is my first attempt at dyeing. It is Figured Maple and I used the liquid Ritz dye. I put on a coat and it raised the grain. I let it dry and then took 4oo paper to it, cleaned with alcohol and then re-applyed the dye, same thing 4 times then took some 600 and 1500 grit to it and the 1500 polished it some what. I took and put 6 coats of CA and then used some white polish compound and this is what I got from it. I think it is good for the first time but room as always for improvement. Comments and suggestions are always welcome even constructive ones.


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#1 posted 09-28-2009 02:48 AM

nice looking pen..

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 08:21 AM

Nice looking pen. I think the dye job came out great.

Keep it up.


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#3 posted 09-28-2009 02:28 PM

Wow – I am about to start experimenting with dyes, too. Do you think the process was overkill… Or what was required?

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 02:29 PM

Nice looking finish

Wonderful pen also


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#5 posted 09-28-2009 03:13 PM

I learned yesterday you don’t need to sand the first application and to use a brown paper shopping bag to buff the wood when it has dried. The paper will knock off the fuzzies and removed very little dye so you don’t have to reapply it unless the color is not what you want. As for the finish 6 coats of CA were good but more could be better depends on how comfortable you are with using it.


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