For Shellac – I have read household ammonia diluted 1:15, water/soap, water. We prefer the water-soluble dyes because they offer maximum clarity and colorfastness and are the easiest to use. Applying Aniline Dye and Shellac Bob Rozaieski I'm a passionate woodworking enthusiast of over 30 years, with an interest in the methods of pre-industrial joiners and cabinetmakers. When dry they'll produce a surface that the oil finish can adhere to. For a barrier coat, use a dewaxed shellac or a good sanding sealer. I just finished a walnut end table using aniline dye, unwaxed shellac, followed by 3 or more coats of Fuhr 355 acrylic varnish. I then sprayed the water based aniline dye, a dark red mahogany J. E. Moser brand. Black aniline dyes are readily available in the quantities you'd need to finish a piano, and probably a fair bit cheaper than India ink. Original post on our site with additional comments: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/you-and-dye/Its all about dye, "Wood Whisperer Style". The dye as above – water/soap, water, acetone. After it is harvested the dark, reddish-brown resin is crushed into granules, rinsed to remove the natural dye and then dried. Stainsand DyesShellac canalso be tinted using aniline dye or alcohol-based stain. Apply a sealer coat (Zinsser Sealcoat) of a shellac-based finish by wiping: flooding the surface with finish and wiping it off. You really don't need a lot of dye. I first thought that the package had been mislabelled but dissoliving it in water produced the correct colour. They offer several advantages over conventional oil-based pigment stains: far less fumes, more uniform grain penetration, fewer blotches, better bang … As a result, dye travels wherever the solvent travels, and that’s deeper into the wood than stains. These are the dyes that are used to make inks. By the end of the century, they were used in … I intend to use water based aniline dyes, and shellac primarily. I think it is the best product for furniture because it is easy to use, can be brushed on or sprayed, and dries quickly compared to urethane. These are the first '58-spec models from the very first run by Gibson's first authorized boutique builder. Features: All colors are intermixable to produce custom shades One … Wood Essence is very pleased to make available to Canadian customers a metal-complex liquid dye concentrate that can be used as a bare wood Stain or as a Tint compatible with many other finishing products including lacquer, shellac and waterbased finishes. From the original questioner: These dyes (often called aniline dyes because the first dyes were made from aniline) were developed in the late 19th century for use in coloring textiles. Mixing the garnet with a lighter shellac, orange or blonde, will give you less color. Aniline dyes are made from aniline oils or coal tar derivatives. I use shellac on nearly every project that passes through my shop doors. Use for the tinting of Lacquer or Shellac. Although ideal coverage over an aniline dye lacquer can never be guaranteed, the following two products have been known to minimize bleed through: 1) A stain blocking primer such as General Finishes Stain Blocker or Zinsser B-I-N. 2) A shellac seal coat will usually stop most of … I’d try a very diluted wash of an aniline dye to match the aged effect of the wood itself, then I’d go for a little orange shellac … ... is going to pick up some of the dye. Stir the shellacthoroughly and continue addingthe stainor dye until you get the desired color. That adds depth to your finish. Aniline dye comes as a powder that you dissolve in water, alcohol, or petroleum solvents, depending on the formulation. (11-11-2016, 07:46 PM) motleyh Wrote: Water and oil don't mix -- you can't use an oil-based finish over a water-based dye, unless you use a barrier coat in between. I think you are suggesting alcohol, water/soap, water, acetone? You can see the result (the picture is not a good as I'd like though) under the gallery entry "2nd furniture project".