This product works as a colourant that then requires a top coat to seal the colour in such as a Wood Varnish, Wood Oil or a Wood Wax.
Concentrated wood dyes can be mixed with just about any water based or acrylic wood finishing products such as wax stain & water stains and water based lacquers. Wood dyes are very concentrated so only a small amount needs to be added to wood stains and water based varnishes to achieve the desired effect.
Simply add the required amount of wood dye to the wood stain or lacquer, thoroughly stir then apply. As with any wood finishing product, it is always recommended that a small test area is treated first to check the end result before starting the main project.
Wood Dye Tips
As these wood dyes are so concentrated, it is recommended that an accurate measurement of the ratio between wood dye to the receiving wood finishing product is kept, this will help if additional batches of the same colour are required. For accurate measurement, we recommend that a baby syringe or something similar is used. Alternatively, a bottle cap or similar can be used but this won't be as accurate as a measured syringe or container.
Water based dyes should be lightly sanded (de-nibbed) before applying any top coat(s). A finishing pad or steel wool is ideal for this purpose.
Wood Dye Colours
Available in a range of colours that include black, blue, brown, orange, red, yellow and white, wood dyes can be mixed to make almost any colour or shade that may be found on a wood dye colour chart.
Wood Dye uses
Concentrated wood dyes can be used on floorboards, furniture, kitchen unit doors, wood craft and much more. With an almost limitless number of achievable colours and shades, it's the perfect way to give old furniture and floors a unique look and a new lease of life.
If you're looking for 'rainbow colours' that will give a wash effect on wooden furniture, floor boards and wood crafts as opposed to a wood tone, here is a quick guide to mixing the correct shades.
It's normal to dilute concentrated wood dyes by about 4 parts water to 1 part wood dye, much higher concentrations can be used depending on how much wood grain you want to show through and how vibrant the shade should be.
Wood dyes are translucent in nature and will not cover over the wood grain, this said however, the white wood dye is semi opaque meaning that it will cover the wood grain slightly more than the other coloured wood dyes.
To achieve some variations to the standard colours that are available, here are some mixing options to try.
- Dark Red - 9 parts red to 1 part black.
- Light Green - 7 parts yellow to 3 parts blue.
- Dark Green - 7 parts yellow, 3 parts blue, 2 parts black.
- Dark Orange - 7 parts yellow, 2 parts red, 1 part black.
- Dark Blue - 7 parts blue, 3 parts black.
- Grey - 2 parts black, 1 part white.
- Purple - 1 part red, 2 parts blue.
Different shades of a colour can be achieved by varying the colour mix, as an example, browns are made from red, yellow and blue but can be altered by changing the colour mix.
For a cold brown add more blue, for a warmer brown, add more red, golden brown, more yellow, dark browns, add more black and for tan and creamy browns just add more white.