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#1 posted 02-16-2012 09:00 PM

I use water based aniline dyes on a lot of my projects and after reading your instructions I have been doing something close to that for years. I do the water wash to raise the grain then lightly rub it down with #320 grit. After I apply the dye, I give it a full 12 or more hours to fully set then wipe/burnish it down with a clean cotton cloth. I feel this adds a little rubbed down look without the risk of sanding into the colors. I do NOT use a water based stain or top coat over the dye. I’ve had it lift and wash out the dye colors. I will use an alchohol or oil based stain over the dye. I use shellac, poly or lacquer as a top coat depending on final use. That is when I’ll use 400 grit or 3m pads to knock off any remaining nibs. The dry cloth rub earlier knocks most of them off.

As an afterthought, to get an aged cherry look I use a light wash coat of mission brown dye, followed by a dark or brown mahogany stain. I feel it gives the piece a little more aged depth.

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