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Forum topic by dschlic1 posted 10-05-2019 11:28 PM 482 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2019 11:28 PM

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I am building an oak table. In order to match the coloring of the chairs we will be using, I had to mix and use a custom dye color. I used Keda Dyes, dissolved in water. I will need to spray a seal coat on top of the dye and was wondering if a clear shellac will work. The reason I am asking is that the powder dyes are soluble in both water and alcohol.

The dyes I am using.

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#1 posted 10-06-2019 10:51 AM

Yes, using a dewaxed shellac will seal the dye into wood, and prevent bleed out into top coat.
When you spray on the top coat, dye has much lower tendency to bleed out dye color – even WB top coat on WB dye. Just keep the 1st coat of clear finish ‘light’ to avoid runs/drips, and do not use a brush to fix anything. The brush can/will cause color drag/bleed out. Once 1st coat dries, the color will be locked into place regardless of whether Shellac or some other WB poly/lacquer.

Always test on scraps to figure out finishing schedule!

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#2 posted 10-06-2019 10:52 AM

Yes it will, as long as you spray it. How do you intend to deal with the grain raising? My approach would be to wait for the shellac to dry and then smooth it out. Other go through a pre-raising procedure, involving wetting the surface, let it dry and sand it back.

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#3 posted 10-06-2019 01:13 PM

Depends on the topcoat solvent whether you need a sealer. Dewaxed shellac will work. Did the dye color the oak pores?

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