Fabric Dye

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  1. RBS_Johnson

    RBS_Johnson

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    So, I searched on this, but only found a couple topics that are like five years old.

    I am refinishing my 24" scale Kent(or at least the top of it). Somebody at some point decided to epoxy an Ozzy logo to it :rollno: I wanted to do a stain burst on the top, but nobody local had anything I liked in stock. One guy at lowes suggested trying fabric dye out on it. One trip to the craft store later, I was set to test it out.

    I used the green and black liquid dyes. I wanted this dark so I didn't thin them with water(they were more like gel dyes un-thinned). I was going to do a bunch of coats, get it nice and "in there". But after the first coat I took a wet rag to blend the colors together and it took some out as well. I decided I really liked the look, so I am using tru oil over it.

    Main point of the post is just informational. I will get some pictures when I get some more coats of tru oil on it and then when it is done. And also let everybody know if it holds up. Bonus, the dyes were like $3 a piece, and I could do several full guitar bodies of each with what I have left(if this one goes well).

    -Jake
     
  2. mruotsalainen

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    Sounds good - interested to see the results.

    I finished one guitar last summer with Transtint dyes (15$ per bottle) + Tru oil. First ever project. And yes, I managed to surprise myself how it came together.

    Good luck with the project!
    -Mika
     
  3. Luthier Atlanta

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    Hmm, didn't it raise the grain. Did you sand or scrap afterwards?
     
  4. RBS_Johnson

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    Ya, it did raise the grain some(water based dye). But I only put one coat on, so it wash`t terrible. I just knocked it down a bit before the oil. Put another coat on this morning, really loving the black and dark green with how the wood showing through is turning an amber color :smug:

    Thanks Mika!
     
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  6. TimboZ

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    I was told that the fabric dye will fade over time.
     
  7. RBS_Johnson

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    I will find out. If it does it isn`t a huge deal, as the way I did it looks kind of weathered anyway(and it is still fairly dark).
     
  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    Several years ago, there was an article in Fine Woodworking magazine about a suite of children's bedroom furniture made by Marc Adams. If I recall correctly, he used fabric dyes to create his pastel colors.
     

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