Can glues be dyed?

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Forum topic by lobro4 posted 06-05-2010 04:59 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2010 04:59 AM

Does anybody have any knowledge as to whether wood glues can be dyed? Glues are water soluble but does that mean a water soluble dye could be added? My organic chemistry days are too far behind me now to figure it out off the top of my head. I was thinking about accenting some joint lines on a panel glue up and how crazy I could get with it.

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 05:02 AM

They sell glues that fluoresce with black light . So I would say do a test on some scrap wood and see what happens.


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#2 posted 06-05-2010 05:03 AM

if you execute the joint properly, you should not be able to see the glue, regardless of the color. If the glue shows on any joint, you have either not done a good job on the joint, or not cleaned it up properly. I would look at other ways to achieve the effect that you are looking for, such as an inlay.

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 05:20 AM

You can certainly color epoxy, I do it all the time. I swear I saw some colored CA glues at woodcraft a while back, but I can’t find anything about it online… maybe I imagined it!

I think, though, if you’re just trying to accent a line on a glue up, you’ll be hard pressed to get it to come out even… better to use a small router bit and fill with epoxy IMHO.

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 08:15 PM

You can stain or color polyurethane.

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 09:32 PM

Colored epoxy is used for a marbling effect in building custom fishing rods. Go to for a marbling kit. This company is the world’s largest supplier of rodbuilding components and supplies.

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