Tool Tip #6: Dye and Painters Tape Test No 3 and final

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-04-2013 06:15 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK I have conducted yet another test using a suggestion by Jumbojack to score the edge of the timber before dying to contain the dye.

He (I assume Jumbojack is male otherwise apologies on the gender slipup) has added a comment and photos supporting his method on the previous Tool tip # 5 worth and well worth further investigation.

So here we go (and this is the last in the Dye Painters Tape series)

I set up another test sample, I needed to delineated the area so I drew a semi circle on two areas to be tested, this is purely for the ability to see where the score section is.

Picture No 1 The test area set out

I again used black dye the worst case test, for timber dye.

After drawing in the two test areas I used my hobby knife set to score the line into the pencil arc.
As I haven’t used my Hobby knives for some time this was a bit tricky for me but I managed it without too much difficulty.

Picture No 2 The right hand semi circle scored

I then used a brush, again a worst case process for applying the dye to each test ares.
I started at the left and finished on the right hand side.
Picture No 3 The final results.


There is no doubt scoring the timber works and limits the penetration of the dye.

Care must be taken to ensure there is only a minimal amount of dye on the brush otherwise weeping will occur which is avoidable if practice runs on test areas are conducted.

Enjoy ….I am off the fire up the BBQ for a snack!!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 11:56 AM

what was the snack? Cocktail weenies?

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 12:28 PM

I have tried this too Robert. I turned a small vessel and made a lot of scored rings on it, then vertical lines, also scored, to leave many small rectangles. The rectangles were then colored in different colors to make some patterns. I used felt tipped pens to do the coloring (the cheap kind for kids with a narrow tip on one end and a wide one on the other. It came out great with no transfers at all.

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 12:57 PM

In science, some sacrifices must be made.
Perhaps you can use some ‘hide’ glue to reattach the finger.

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 02:37 PM

For some reason, I’m thinkin …......... chicken fingers fer lunch

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 06:22 PM

Once you loose the fingernail you might as well get rid of the rest of the finger.

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