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#1 posted 01-19-2011 08:00 PM

I found an article that simply describes the difference between aniline dye and stain. I thought I share it with those who don’t know:

The biggest difference between stains and dyes is the color—many stains look muddy, sort of like looking through a window with the screen on. Remove the screen and you get an idea of the clear colors produced by aniline dyes.
The reason is simple. Most stains leave tiny colored particles (pigments) on the surface of the wood. But dyes penetrate the wood fibers. This emphasizes the figure of the wood instead of partially obscuring it.
Aniline dyes also color the wood more evenly than pigmented stains. Unlike stains that concentrate in the areas of the wood that have large pores (like end grain), dyes penetrate all parts equally.

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