Help with water based dye

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by beefhaus2000, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. beefhaus2000


    Sep 25, 2002
    New Jersey
    I'm finishing a swamp ash body and testing finishing on some scrap wood. I'm using water based dye I got from ReRanch. Here is my problem:

    Some of the grain refuses to accecpt the stain. Even after multiple coats, some the small grain will remain the natural color. Is there anything I can do to get this grain stained?

  2. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
  3. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
  4. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    You'll get much better reults if you'll apply a coat or two of filler/sealer before you apply the stain.

    Flat grain and end grain will each stain very differently. End grain soaks up the stain more readily and comes out darker than flat grain.

    Ash is one of the woods that really needs to be filled in the finishing process because of the open nature of the grain.