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Subject:
Re: color
Response To:
Re: color ()

Joe Fleming
Bill,

Everything that William said is correct. I use a lot of color. The phenomenon you are describing is when a dye bleeds through the pores of the wood.

Here are some additional ideas:

- Use less porous wood. For example, oak and ash are no-nos. Maple is good.
- I often seal with lacquer before dye. However, I never apply dye with a rag or brush. As soon as you touch the applicator to the surface, the dye floods the surface and you are fighting the bleed through risk. I always apply dyes with an airbrush over the sealed surface. You can apply just enough color in a controlled manner with the risk of flooding the surface.
- Spray (don't brush) a couple of thin layers of lacquer over the color. Do not make the surface wet or it will reactivate the dye. You are gradually building up lacquer layers until you have sufficient layering to allow heavier coats.

Joe

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