ColorFX Liquid Dye Concentrates - Trial & 12 Color Kits
Full suite of Colors in 15ml size for Furniture, Cabinets, Decorative work and for Guitar/Instrument builders!
This kit provides wood tone colors as well as primary accent colors for a vast range of color combinations on many styles of work.
All colors are intermixable and are easy to use! Perfect for color experimentation on a small scale or to build a full library of custom stains.
- Each 15ml bottle can produce 1/2 quart/litre of standard dilution stain (plenty for a typical guitar body).
- Fully Intermixable and versatile.
- Conveniently pre-dissolved - no weighing and waiting on powdered dyes.
- Apply by spray or by hand to bare wood or add to compatible finishes as spray toner.
- Use to tint off-the-shelf stains, epoxies and fillers (test for compability first).
- Complete with instructions.
- Great for guitars, drums, turnings, carvings and decorative pieces.
- NOT Recommended for Childrens Toys or Food Service Items.
- 15ml kit packed in convenient storage container, with nitrile gloves.
- Color Subtitutions are allowed with our Complete List of ColorFX Dyes. Just include a note with your order.
ColorFX Dye Colors Included in the Trial & 12 Color Kits
Colors are shown on curly maple, topcoated with Target Coatings SuperClear Polyurethane. Colors may not be exact on all monitors. Test dye solutions on scrap prior to application to projects.
Bright Red. When mixed double strength as shown here, can make a fully saturated color even on maple.
Deep green, can be lightened by adding Yellow-G and deepened by adding Van Dyke Brown.
Royal blue. Looks great on musical instruments and can be deepened by adding black.
Dark and slightly Reddish Brown.
Dark Brown with slight greenish and yellow appearance. Frequently used as a base dye for a dark mission brown finish.
Reddish Brown, can be darkened with Burnt Umber for a deep, rich colored stain.
Dark golden brown without a reddish appearance. Very attractive on maple and other light woods.
Van Dyke Brown
Our darkest brown shade. Commonly used as dark walnut or to deepen other colors such as green or red. Perfect for the base on Espresso finishes.
Very nice amber color, can be used as a stain on bare wood or as an amber additive for waterborne clearcoats.
Used primarily for lightening darker shades and adding a hint of red. Can be used alone as a very light amber stain.
Used alone as a bright yellow stain. The green element of this dye will lighten and produce brown when combined with dark reddish brown like Burnt Umber.
Common Color Formulas (corresponding to popular homestore variety wood stains)
1 part Burnt Umber + 1 part Burnt Sienna + 1 part Raw Sienna
3 parts Burnt Umber + 1 part Burnt Sienna
2 parts Raw Umber + 1 part Burnt Umber
1 part Raw Umber + 1 part Burnt Umber
3 parts Raw Sienna + 2 parts Raw Umber
4 parts Raw Umber + 1 part Black
4 parts Burnt Umber + 3 parts Burnt Sienna + 1 part Black
3 parts Raw Sienna + 1 part Burnt Sienna
3 parts Raw Sienna + 3 parts Burnt Sienna + 1 part Yellow-R
ColorFX Liquid Dye Instructions
ColorFX Liquid Dyes are concentrated metal complex acid dyestuff dissolved in glycol ether solvents. The dye concentrates can be diluted with water, alcohol and numerous other mediums including waterbased finishes, stains, shellac solutions and many solvent lacquers, finishes and stains.
Mix with water for a low cost, non-flammable stain. Or add to other waterbased stain bases or finishes for an environmentally friendly stain or toner.
When mixed with alcohol, ColorFX dyes create a quick drying, non-grain raising stain.
All ColorFX dyes can be intermixed for an infinite range of colors, customized to your exact project and liking. No more “settling” for what you can buy off the shelf.
How to use ColorFX Dye Concentrates:
The starting ratio for ColorFX dyes is 1 part dye concentrate to 30 parts solvent (water, alcohol or a blend). Dye intensity can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the ratio as desired. The brightest blues, reds, yellows and greens are obtained by doubling the ratio of dye concentrate to solvent (1: 15).
There are approximately 30 drops (pierced dropper tip) of ColorFX Dye Concentrate in one ml. An easy starting ratio is 1 drop of dye concentrate in 1ml of solvent for a 1:30 ratio. The 1:15 ratio would be two drops per ml of solvent. Blunt syringes are an excellent means for accurate measuring of dye concentrate volumes.
After mixing, apply the dye solution directly to prepared wood using a rag, sponge or spray equipment. Allow the dye to saturate the wood surface, then blot up any excess with a dry cloth. Once the dye has dried, the surface can be finished with any popular wood finish.
Notes to ColorFX Dye Use:
Blotching: Many woods, such as soft maple, alder, birch and cherry demonstrate blotching when stained. In many cases, when dyed, otherwise unsightly blotches become attractive figure after topcoating.
Test the complete finishing schedule on off-cuts to determine if the results of the dye are suitable. When desired, blotching can be prevented by first applying a control coat of clear stain, highly thinned finish, shellac, glue size (or numerous other methods) to the wood surface and then applying the dye solution to the dried control coat.
Grain Raise: When using a water dye solution, applying the dye to prepared wood can cause grain raise. Pre-grain raising the wood and lightly re-sanding will minimize problems with grain raise during dye application. Using a blend of 50/50 water and alcohol for the dye solvent can help reduce grain raise.
Color: When dried, dyed surfaces may look dull and off-shade….this is normal. When topcoats are applied, the dye returns to it’s true color and vibrancy. To confirm colors, dyes must be tested on actual wood species off-cuts and followed through with topcoats to ensure the correct color is obtained.
Bleeding: ColorFX Dyes contain no binder and if a compatible solvent (water, alcohol) is allowed to touch the dyed surface, the dye may re-activate and bleed into the applied solvent. This is typically a problem when brushing or wiping waterbased finishes or alcohol finishes (like shellac) over the dyed surface.
To minimize the effect of this, the first application of any topcoat should be applied with minimal working of the finish. Once dried, the first coat will bind the dyed surface and subsequent applications can proceed with minimal trouble. Be sure not to allow a brush or rag that has absorbed dye to contaminate your primary source of finish (i.e. a full quart or gallon being “dipped” into with a brush).
Another method to prevent bleeding of the dye is to wipe the dyed surface with a very light application of boiled linseed oil. Once cured, the boiled linseed oil will “lock” the dye into place, allowing subsequent finishing to proceed as normal.
And another method is to add a small amount of waterbased finish or shellac (solvent compatible) to the dye solution to act as a binder once applied to the wood.
Compatibility: ColorFX Dyes are most often diluted with water or alcohol (methyl hydrate, ethanol or isopropyl 99%). Other solvents can be used such as acetone or lacquer thinner...be sure to test your application.
ColorFX Dye concentrates can be added to many waterbased, solvent based or oil based products. However, the dyes typically will not work in finishes that have a high content of mineral spirits, such as “danish oils” or wiping varnishes. It is best to trial small quantities of unsure products to determine compatibility by reviewing the dyes’ ability to disperse into the solvent.
Light Fastness: Metallized acid dyes such as ColorFX dye concentrates are considered light fast for interior applications. They are not intended for exterior use.
Storage: ColorFX Dye Concentrates will last many years in concentrated form. Once mixed with solvent, the shelf-life ranges from a few months for reds and blues to many years for other wood tones. Keep dyes and solutions in a cool, dry, dark place for best storage.