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Stains, Dyes, Pigments

Wood dyes and pigments are incredibly versatile, producing different cosmetic results according to the type of carrier used for the colour or the type of wood they are applied to. Artists, furniture restorers and musical instrument makers frequently use both types of stain, sometimes, very effectively, mixing the two together.

Wood dyes are transparent and absorbed by the wood, augmenting the grain and revealing the beautiful natural patterns desirable in fine furniture and antique instruments. Wood pigments produce opaque or semi-opaque finishes that can hide the grain of some woods, a particularly sought-after effect for some vintage electric guitars with a highly lacquered, coloured finish.

Indulge your imagination by mixing pigments and wood dye powders to create multitudinous colours. Or ensure precise colour-matching by using the right combination of water or solvent to stain. A water-based wood dye will provide fade resistance, raising the grain of the wood to create astonishing effects when used in conjunction with an appropriate transparent finish. A spirit-based wood dye will give you light-fastness and incredible, even colour.

Rothko and Frost suggest finishing your woodstain with a varnish, polish or lacquer to preserve the wood further and to develop and protect a great depth of colour.