Wood dyes and Birch coloring

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Forum topic by Peace posted 01-12-2017 01:10 PM 623 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2017 01:10 PM

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I have tried using water based dyes to enable the grain in light grained wood to show thru. The problem is that the wood soaks up the water dye too fast to enable me to apply it evenly. One recommendation is to first apply a wood conditioner. That has helped to suspend the dye a bit, but I still can’t get the color to go on evenly.

Also, in finishing birch I haven’t found any way to avoid color splotching, not even using Watco light walnut Danish. So far only Watco natural. Is there a way to darken birch without the splotching problem? Though I haven’t worked much with maple, I believe it behaves much like birch.


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#1 posted 01-12-2017 03:02 PM

After battling some truly awful botching on Hard Maple, I finally bought and used some of Charles Neil’s blotch controller and used it as directed. It worked great, thank goodness. I had a lot of money in that Maple, since I bought a lot of it, and prior to finding out about that specific blotch controller, I feared I’d have to junk the whole project.

A lot of blotch controllers can be bought, but most never worked for me. The Charles Neil stuff works.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 09:15 PM

I have used Minwax Pre-Stain on birch ply with success. I made a bunch of 2’x5’ rectangles for a TV stand and had blotching problems until I tried the pre-stain.

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