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Manns Water-based Wood Dye

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Manns Water-based Wood Dyes provide a range of concentrated colours for interior use only. Quick, easy to use and almost no odour.

Can be used to tint many water or acrylic-based coating systems, or can be applied directly on to bare wood to then be overrated with either a wood oil or clear varnish to seal the colour in.

We also provide a range of Exterior Wood Stains for garden furniture, fences and decking.

Overview - Water Based Wood Dyes

This product is low odour, easy to apply and dries in 1 hour. Can be mixed with Manns Water Based Clear Varnishes if required.

Normal application is 1 coat but 2 can be applied to achieve a stronger, darker colour or to help give a more consistent finish if the first coat looks uneven or patchy. Take care to not dislodge the first coat if applying a second.

New shades can be created by inter-mixing the colours. If a more diluted colour is desired, add water and stir thoroughly to evenly distribute the colour pigment with the newly added water.

Note: If colours are mixed to produce a unique colour it's important to ensure that the mixture is well stirred before and during application. The various coloured dyes have different densities and these can separate in the container over time. As an example, the white dye has the heaviest pigment and will sink to the bottom of the container more than other colours in the mix. Manns Water Based Wood Dyes are designed for interior use only.

Need to know how to dye wood? Black wood dye and white wood dye finishes are becoming increasingly popular. There are some great tips and guidelines to help you create the black and white wood finish you want in our blog.


Note: Always do a test area.

Wooden floors and surfaces to be stained must be bare wood and free from surface dirt, debris and other contaminates. White spirit is an excellent degreaser and can be used prior to staining to ensure a more consistent finish.

The final wood dye colour and finish may vary depending on the wood type, age of the timber and other factors. Always do a test area before starting the main project.


Manns Pine Wood Dyes are quick and easy to apply with a brush, lint free cloth or foam sponge. Thoroughly work the dye into the surface of the wood taking care to remove any pooling or runs with a cloth or sponge.

This product must be overcoated with a suitable wood oil or varnish to seal the wood dye colour into the wood.

Thinning and Cleaning

Manns Water Based Wood Dye colours can be thinned for a lighter more translucent shade by simply adding water and stirring thoroughly.

Application brushes, rags and sponges can be cleaned with water.

Drying Time

Manns Concentrated Water Based Wood Dyes dry in around an hour. Room temperature, humidity and the type of wood being dyed may affect the overall drying time.


This product keeps at temperatures above freezing for up to 4 years in a sealed, air tight container. Avoid air in the container by decanting into smaller containers as the Wood Dye is used.

Manns Water-based Wood Dye reviews - Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 68 reviews.

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Jack Thomas
 100ml Sample, White
Worked well, nice colour
Colour was good, the dye was thick a bit like paint but this allows you to water it down quite a lot if necessary so you get a lot more use than you expect.
Neil Walshaw
 1L, Black
Used on kitchen floor. Perfect result.
Applied 2 coats to bare sanded floorboards in our kitchen. (very easy to apply) a dense deep black was achieved. Then applied 2 coats of satin water based varnish. The floor looks great and complements our new kitchen. Exceeded our expectations.
Sue Walton
 1L, Red
Very pleased with the product
This is easy to use and you can vary the shade you want by dilution.
Rod Jones
 1L, Red
Good result but needs a seal on top of wood dye
I used red Manns Wood Dye on kitchen chairs. Looked good but even after a couple of weeks dye was coming off onto hands and clothes. I used a liberal coating of bees wax polish and that seems to have sealed the dye. Chairs look great now !
Rachel Wilkins
 5L, White
Lovely white washed effect
We used one coat of this product (in White) on our sanded pine floor. It's coverage is quite dense but the grain is still visible. We used 2 coats the Oslo Polyx Oil Raw 3044 over. This softened the look, removing some of the pigment, bringing the grain of the wood out in a really lovely way. Would thoroughly recommend if you're looking for the white Scandinavian look without painting a removing the grain of the wood.
 1L, White
Mixed with yellow wood dye to achieve desires colour.
 100ml Sample, Red
Brilliant product just what I needed!!
Brought this product to replace a previous water dye. I must say I'm very happy with it! And would defiantly order more!
 1L, Yellow
Very please with this dye. for my personal taste I applied 3 coats, then for the last coat used 75% of yellow dye mixed with 25% of white dye.
Martin Murphy
 100ml Sample, Brown
Great product, used to stain a guitar
Very happy with this, and the other colours I bought. Got them to custom stain a guitar.
Martin Murphy
 100ml Sample, Yellow
Used to stain a guitar
Used to stain a guitar and very happy with the results.
 100ml Sample, Blue
Good Product
Very good stain, much better coverage than stated and a very nice rich colour A++
Sydney James
 100ml Sample, Yellow
Still brilliant
As with the other stains & dyes a joy to use, vibrant colours all intermixable.
Sydney James
 1L, Blue
Being water based it mixes with the other Manns water based products and your thinners come straight out of the tap! The colours and shades you can produce are endless.
Mitchell Ross
 1L, Brown
I had a non standard use for my stain. I'm using it to stain natural veg tan leather. It works fantastic and really brings out the grain adding an awesom vintage patina making things look 100 years old when new. Really pleased and much better value and more environmentally friendly than solvent oil based stains.
Nigel Langdon
 1L, Red
Just what I needed
A hard to find product...you won't be dissapointed
Edward Sibley
 100ml Sample, Blue
Dying small bits of wood, worked very well.
Dye behaved exactly as expected, dried very quickly, blended just fine with the other pigments I ordered so I could get a whole range of colours in the end. I got the smallest bottles but I've got loads left - I'd say there's enough dye in these small bottles to colour something pretty big, like a dining table, depending on how dark you want the stain to be.
Mervyn Williams
 100ml Sample, Brown
A good product dilute to lighten
A good product but when mixed with yellow the yellow tended to green. This was easily resolved by adding a little red. Used for finishing a guitar body
Mervyn Williams
 100ml Sample, Yellow
A nice bright yellow
Easily mixed with other water based dyes. I used this for finishing a guitar body
David Baker
 5L, White
Very good brilliant coverage good finish
I would Use this again as it is a very good product So easy to work with
Colin Scott
 100ml Sample, Yellow
Bright thick colour
Excellent bright yellow stain, really made the wood grain pop. mixed this with some Orange and red stains to achieve a burst effect over a few coats. Exactly what I needed.

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