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How to Use It
Aniline dye is sold in powder form, to be mixed with water, alcohol or both for application. Many professionals use water-soluble dyes for overall color, because they go on evenly and maintain their integrity well; alcohol-based versions dry faster but don't hold their color as reliably. Dye powders come with instructions for mixing amounts and methods. You can tinker with the color by adding a little more to intensify it or a little less to lighten it.
Apply the dye to unsealed wood with a brush, a foam applicator or a sponge. You'll probably need two to three coats unless you want the color to be very sheer. Allow at least 12 hours for drying between coats. Apply a clear sealer as a finish coat to preserve the dye and add shine.
Tip: Wear rubber or latex gloves to prevent dyed hands as you work.
What It Costs
Expect to pay $5 to $6 per ounce for a jar of dye powder, available at specialty wood retailers and some paint and stain suppliers.
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