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Maple lams home dying.
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:25:55 PM »
I'm wanting to get a greyed/distressed effect for my maple lams under clear glass. I have seen ppl making the steel wool+vinegar combinations and I wonder if the vinegar would mess up the bond. I see common practice is alchohol based dyes which is my back up plan if I can find dark enough of a grey.
like this video, however I see where ppl say using water (like this guy uses in the tea) is sub optimal for a variety of reasons. Looking for feedback thanks guys!
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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 07:28:23 PM »
I wonder if black rit in alcohol mixed light would get it?
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Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 07:53:51 PM »
You could try leather dye also. Had good luck with that on hickory but was not laminated.
I used fiebings from Tandy leather.

I made that color that by putting down buckskin color and letting dry then putting medium brown over top. Have not tried prefixing colors but they do have grey and black.

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 07:56:34 PM »
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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2018, 08:33:44 PM »
I've used the fiebings leather dye "oxblood" and it looke phenomenal on osage. I googled that rit dye powder and got a lot of the dye shirt stuff popping up, is that the same?

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2018, 08:52:42 PM »
Yep, you can get liquid too
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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 10:10:42 AM »
I found some graphite (dark grey ish) rits dye liquid shipped free for under 6$ I'll take that over a home brew. I'll post pics of results in a few days

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 11:32:39 AM »
 I would think transtint mixed into denatured alcohol would "dye" your wood lamination. What I am going to do (one day) is to mix tint with Denatured alcohol and air brush it onto my wood lams..even use different colors like brown, red , black, tan to make faux Rosewoods?? it would be an experiment and may look crappy due to bleed over...I may be able to build bows again around January so maybe I can try it then. I have put a drop or two of black transtint in Krystal spray finish, it made a clear slightly gray finish over a maple riser bow.

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2018, 07:03:22 PM »
I love how this grey turned out. Applied a medium coat and wiped after 3 minutes.
The sun made them appear brown but the color under shoplight shows the true grey

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2018, 06:42:16 PM »
I picked up some red at wallyworld for 4.50. 3$ cheaper than online.  Experimented with a base coat of grey lightly sanded then reapplied the red over and put on a little finish.

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2018, 07:49:44 PM »
What dye did you end up using? Looks good!!
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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2018, 09:04:19 PM »
All of these pictures are the rits dyes liquid form

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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2018, 09:09:56 PM »
Binghams sells a water based dye. I think they have grey too but can’t remember for sure.  Just be sure to let them dry adequately. This is their walnut dye on quilted maple.


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Re: Maple lams home dying.
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2018, 09:12:29 PM »
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