Wood dyes and Birch coloring

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Forum topic by Peace posted 01-26-2017 01:35 PM 576 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2017 01:35 PM

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I have purchased and used Charles Neil’s pre-conditioner Blotch Control for using with aniline dye stain powder mixed with water. It didn’t work with birch. I have used them somewhat successfully on alder, but perhaps I shouldn’t expect them to work on birch or maple. Do I need to use something like General Finishes EF wood stains? Would concentrated liquid transparent dyes work better than powder? Also, has anyone used Crystlac Waterborne White Wash gel stain for anything?

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#1 posted 01-26-2017 02:06 PM

Birch , can be a unique animal, in many cases it has a flame figure. which can be especially unruly, its very absorbent. In many cases folks seek this sort of figure, its called flame birch, in which case dyes are used to accent .
you really need to experiment with scraps, upon occasion, it has taken 3 coats of the Blotch control to handle really absorbent areas .

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 02:21 PM

I got terrific results with Charles Neil’s blotch controller on some really blotchy Hard Maple. Apply the controller and let it dry 24 hours, apply another coat and wait 24 hours, then apply the dye. If it’s a waterborne dye, the water can soften the blotch controller and lessen its effect if you keep it wet too long. I did notice that.

I ran many many test batches on wood scraps before I finally found the perfect color.

If I had not used that product, I would not have been able to get the color I wanted.

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