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#1 posted 08-23-2017 05:41 PM


I’ve been in touch over email with Keith from KEDA and he was pretty helpful. He recommended the liquid dyes mixed with alcohol for an the almost instant dry I’m after. Trouble is, his liquid dyes aren’t available to me in Canada.

Have you been using liquid or powder? I can get his powdered dyes in Canada and mix them with alcohol.


What you’ve done with that pen is exactly what I’m after. And I’m happy to leave it spinning for a mere 2 minutes! :-)

When you say “full strength”, do you mean you didn’t cut the liquid dye at all (i.e. used it as the concentrate) or that you mixed it at the recommended full strength?

Trans Tint isn’t available to me in Canada but the former Trans Tint supplier now has something called ColorFX dyes. From what I’ve read, they are essentially the same. The link is here:


That’s great to know. I do get to Lee Valley often enough. It could be worth trying them as well. The colours on the Lee Valley website look pretty dull but it may just be that they didn’t do the best presentation with their dyes.

-- Shaun, Ontario, Total n00b at wood turning

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