Aniline Dye For Wood

When installing or renovating a kitchen, there are many finish options for cabinetry. Natural wood, lacquer, paint, or stain are just some of the many available. Aniline Dye is one of my favorites and is a bit more uncommon. It’s simple enough to do yourself, with a bit of practice. Aniline dye adds a rich luminous layer of color to wood without masking its natural beauty. Dyes are often confused with stains. A stain is essentially a thin, lightened form of paint which coats the surface of the wood without penetrating it. Dyes on the other hand, soak into the wood and create a deep layer of color. They are generally transparent, so they’re a great choice if you don’t want to cover up a beautiful grain. Dyes allow the natural hue of the wood to show through. For example, a pale blue dye applied to yellow pine might result in a slight green cast. Bleaching wood before you dye it will provide a more neutral background. There is a subtle and sophisticated quality to aniline dyed wood projects. Depth of finish can be adjusted by custom mixing to achieve just the color you are looking for. The dye comes in a dry powder form, and water or alcohol is added to create the desired color for your project. A great DIY project, providing the opportunity to create a custom wood finish, with a simple application using a brush, foam applicator or sponge. Typically, two to three coats result in a evenly colored wood, less for a more sheer look, and additional layers create a more opaque finish. Allow at least 12 hours between coats for dye to penetrate into the wood and dry. I’d love to see images of your project!

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