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Dartfords Alcohol Soluble Aniline Wood Dye Powder

Code: RP0036
  • $6.95
Available to Order | In stock - order before 1PM for same day dispatch.
  • Traditional powdered dye for restorations or vintage style projects, available in a wide selection of wood and rainbow colours
  • Dissolves in our Shellac & Aniline Thinners
  • Create your own liquid dyes for wood, or tinting nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Alcohol soluble aniline dye fades when exposed to UV
  • 14 g makes approximately 1 litre of dye
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  • Traditional powdered dye for restorations or vintage style projects, available in a wide selection of wood and rainbow colours
  • Dissolves in our Shellac & Aniline Thinners
  • Create your own liquid dyes for wood, or tinting nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Alcohol soluble aniline dye fades when exposed to UV
  • 14 g makes approximately 1 litre of dye

Alcohol soluble aniline dye powder, a synthetic wood dye first discovered in the mid-19th century. Used on furniture and vintage musical instruments, the alcohol soluble variant is suitable for use on all hardwoods and is most notable for its poor lightfastness when exposed to UV light. This is evident on instruments from the 50s and 60s whose deep cherry colour has now faded to a pale red. This range of dyes is offered for such applications, where a vintage, aged effect is desired.

SIZES AVAILABLE

14 gram bags, each of which will make approximately:

  • 1 litre of standard strength liquid dye
  • 0.5 litre of concentrated liquid dye
  • 2 litres of wash strength liquid dye

COVERAGE

1 litre of dye will cover approximately 8 square metres. This can vary depending on the species, type and surface condition of the wood to which it is applied. All swatches shown are 2 coats of standard strength dye applied to maple which has been sanded to 320 grit.

BEST USED FOR

Specialist guitar finishes where a fading finish is desirable. Reds and pinks can fade as quickly as 2 weeks depending on the level of UV protection provided by the top coat used. As well as being used as a liquid dye, this can be mixed with solvent-based lacquers such as nitrocellulose to make a tinted lacquer. To aid mixing with lacquer it is recommended to use some acetone as well as synthetic methanol solvent. Lacquer thinning should be reduced by the amount of liquid dye added.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR

General interior, furniture or craft applications where colour fading is not desirable. Water Soluble Aniline Dye Powder is a much better alternative, or our ready-mixed Spirit Based and Water Based Interior Dyes. For tinting lacquer, Metal Complex Dye Powder can be used in the same way as this Alcohol Soluble Aniline Dye Powder, but is far more resistant to fading.

USAGE

To dissolve we recommend our Shellac & Aniline Thinners, which are a Synthetic Methanol solvent. Alternatively Methanol (wood alcohol) or denatured alcohol can be used, but these are not as effective.

  • Add the solvent to a suitable glass, plastic (HDPE) or ceramic container and stir
  • Continue stirring while gradually adding the powder
  • Stir occasionally over the course of 30-60 minutes to ensure all powder is dissolved
  • Strain the solution before use
  • The mixed dye can be applied to wood with a sponge, cloth or brush; apply liberally and wipe off excess with a clean, lint-free rag

If adding to our clear nitrocellulose lacquer, using a 3:1 mixture of Shellac & Aniline Thinners and Acetone can help to dissolve the solution in to the lacquer.

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Product Specs
FS7047 Colour NameAmber
FS7047 Size14 grams (1/2 oz)
FS7127 Colour NameBismark
FS7127 Size14 grams (1/2 oz)
FS7053 Colour NameBlack
FS7053 Size14 grams (1/2 oz)
Product Identifiers
FS7047 Model NumberFS7047
FS7047 Barcode (UPC/EAN/GTIN)5055719937692
FS7127 Model NumberFS7127
FS7127 Barcode (UPC/EAN/GTIN)5055719921332
FS7053 Model NumberFS7053
FS7053 Barcode (UPC/EAN/GTIN)5055719900368
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