That's what I've heard. So how about it? I've read that a hand rubbed aniline dye straight into bare wood may not be completely colorfast. Does it depend on whether the dye is oil or water based? I've got a water based aniline dye I'm hoping to use. I guess the other option is dye, Tru-Oil, then shellac. Pros/cons for each method? Success stories? Horrible failures? Please let me know before I sink any more time into this project!! In case anyone wants the complete details before commenting . . . hard maple body (not flamed, quilted, etc.) violet water-based aniline dye powder Zinsser Bulls-Eye wipe on shellac 1 bottle of Tru-Oil 1 bottle of Tru-Oil sealer large quantities of elbow grease also available . . .