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    Aniline dye frustrations

    This is my first time using aniline dye. The instructions say to add to mediums such as benzol, touol, turpentine, Naptha, lacquer thinner, tung oil, etc. and stir frequently for the first hour. I chose to use turpentine. Iíve been stirring it frequently for a few hours and it simply is not dissolving. Am I doing something wrong? I chose turpentine only because it seemed less volatile. Should I use something else?
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    What specific product are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John TenEyck View Post
    What specific product are you using?
    J.E. Moser's aniline dye stain #845247

    Several reviews say it's easily mixed so I must be doing something wrong.
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    I've never used that product. The internet says that dye you have is water soluble. I've always used Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain. It comes already mixed with alcohol.

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    Bruce, it sounds like you have the instructions for their oil based product, but actually have a water based product. Iíve had similar problems with trying to use water based dye in oil.

    Try it in water and see how it mixes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Dyas View Post
    I've never used that product. The internet says that dye you have is water soluble. I've always used Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain. It comes already mixed with alcohol.
    Ed, Scott, the directions say it is water, alcohol, & oil soluble. I’m trying to stain some MDF so I didn’t want to go with water. I may have no choice.
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    Try lacquer thinner. It has alcohol in it. The dye I use you can mix into a lacquer finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Ed, Scott, the directions say it is water, alcohol, & oil soluble. Iím trying to stain some MDF so I didnít want to go with water. I may have no choice.
    Bruce, why donít you just try mixing up some small samples, solely for the intent of seeing what it will mix in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott T Smith View Post
    Bruce, why don’t you just try mixing up some small samples, solely for the intent of seeing what it will mix in?
    I will give it a try with some water.
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    I don't know how much of it you mixed but it wouldn't hurt it to pour off the majority of the turps and either mix it with lacquer thinner. What turps is there would dissolve into the lacquer thinner.

    How do you plan to apply the dye to MDF. You know MDF is just paper and would go really blotchy if not sprayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Dyas View Post
    I don't know how much of it you mixed but it wouldn't hurt it to pour off the majority of the turps and either mix it with lacquer thinner. What turps is there would dissolve into the lacquer thinner.

    How do you plan to apply the dye to MDF. You know MDF is just paper and would go really blotchy if not sprayed.
    Lesson learned, it dissolved almost instantly with hot water. I don’t know why they said it was turpentine soluble.
    Next lesson is how to apply it to MDF. I have spray capability but don’t feel like setting it up for this little project.

    Thanks for the help
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    All too often the worst thing a person can do is read the instructions.

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    I'm interested to see what dyed MDF looks like. Not something I would ever have considered.

    John

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    John, I wasnít too happy overall with the MDF staining. Quality MDF might be different but borg MDF looks blotchy stained. I made this v-carve plaque for my grandson. Thereís enough going on that you canít see the blotching but itís very obvious with less busy pieces.
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    That looks pretty amazing. I see the blotchiness but I never expected you could turn brown MDF blue. Thanks for opening my eyes to new possibilities.

    John

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