If you’re crafty and tried to dye wood before then you would have noticed paint or dye doesn’t sit on the wood. Because you can’t just paint on a piece of wood and dry it for permanent color. As dyeing wood is a long process with lots of preparations. Though if you follow them thoroughly step by step it’ll be easy for you even if you’re doing it for the first time.
How To Dye Wood To Perfection
For dyeing wood, you have to first select the perfect wood and dye. This means the wood and dye should work well with each other. Many types of wood differ in their texture and color. Such as oak, mahogany, pear, cherry, softwood, white wood, etc. You should choose a darker color of wood f you want to paint that in black or any other darker hue.
In the case of dye, you should get an oil-based paint. You can get powder dye, spray paint, or liquid paint but it must be oil-based as they are waterproof and more rigid. You’ll need to get some other items too, like-
- Caustic soda or Lye
- Measuring cups and spoon
- Dust mask
- Temperature gage
- Beeswax (or any other finish that you prefer)
Preparing The Wood
Now to prepare the wood for soaking dye you have to boil the wood with a mixture of Lye or caustic soda. To do this first, get a bowl and then mix five pints of water with half a pound of Lye or caustic soda. Mix the solution well by giving a good stir. Then put it up on a stove and boil it for half an hour. Next, you’ll have to dip the wood in the mixture fully and leave it for one day.
After a day is passed take out the wood as the wood has soaked the solution and wipe off the solution. You can also pressurize the wood to get rid of excess solution. The soda or Lye solution helps the wood to absorb dye.
Dye Or Stain The Wood
As of now, the preparation is complete you can get to the main job. Before that, you should test the color on wood chunks. Once you’re satisfied with the color you can apply it to the project. But make sure, the wood is in the perfect shape as you want it at the end. You can’t fix the shape or surface after dyeing. Sandpaper can help you to do so.
Finally, you can apply dye to the wood. You can apply any dye you want, but it should be oil-based. If you prefer to spray then paint brushing won’t be needed. Or else, you can take the dye in a bowl big enough to hold the wood and immerse wood in it. Hence the wood will absorb the paint and get stained altogether.
Thereupon, let the paint dry entirely. Later, to secure the dye you should finish off by applying beeswax, though it’s optional. And you’re done.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can You Submerge Wood In Dye?
Yes, you can submerge wood in the dye fully for an even color. You can also be creative with dye and wood following this method. You can create appealing effects by submerging wood from different angles. Moreover, you can dip one end in one paint and the other end in another painting.
How Many Coats Of Wood Dye?
Before starting to paint, spread a plastic or paper under the wood. Then apply one even coat on the wood. One coat would be enough for hardwoods, but for the soft ones you can apply a second coat of dye. Extra coats aren’t needed, as they won’t set well and would rub off.
Does Oil Stain Penetrate Wood?
Only oil dye or paints penetrate the wood. That’s why you should use them to stain wood.
If you can follow the steps described here thoroughly then you can dye your wood all the way through. It won’t take more than two or three days to complete the project. Though you have to make sure that the dye is dried off entirely. To avoid a mess you should spread a piece of paper on the surface where you’ll conduct the job. So that, you can throw away the paper after the work is done. You can use plastic too in place of paper.