Wood Essence carries two very popular colorants for finishers and artists.
Dyes will create transparent colors that enhance the figure of many woods and don't obscure wood grain. When applied to bare wood, dyes are absorbed by the wood fibers to generate color.
When added into a finish such as lacquer, a tinted, sprayable toner is produced that will add color but remain substantially transparent to highlight and reveal the wood's figure below. The results can be astonishing such as the finest furniture, cabinets and musical instruments.
Pigments are finely ground colored particles that lie on the wood surface in scratches and in natural pores to generate opaque or semi-opaque finishes that may obscure the figure of some woods. This is sometimes desirable as in paints, pickling and glazing effects and on some woods with large, open grain such as oak or ash.
Dyes and pigments provide different results and are frequently used in combination. Sometimes dye stain followed by a pigment stain. Sometimes the two are mixed together into the same medium and applied at once.
Dyes & Pigments represent the essential colorants of stains in general and most finishers will find advantages by having both systems at hand for their projects.
ColorFX Dye Concentrates|
ColorFX Liquid Dye Concentrates are easy to use and provide transparent colors on furniture, cabinets, wood projects, turnings or musical instruments.
Mixol Pigments provide opaque or semi-opaque results for producing your own stain, paints and touch-up colors. Add them to almost any finish including shellac, lacquer, waterbornes, varnishes, faux-finishes and paints.