avengers63 Posted October 19, 2010 Report Share Posted October 19, 2010 So I'm in the heat of testing the various finishes over the dyed cutoff for the Superthin and I'm running into a snag. The limba takes the turquoise dye well, and the color shows up wonderfully. The issues are with the finish. Note: the dye is water-based. I'm leaving the dyed wood alone for +/- 24 hours to dry before applying any finish. 1) Oil based finishes )shellac, lacquer, and poly) look like crap. Their warm, yellow-ish undertones give the turquoise a brownish tinge that changes the color completely. Only water-based poly looks good and keeps the color intact. 2) Water-based poly actually pulls some of the dye from the wood and into the finish itself. This "smears" the color and leaves it all uneven. This happens regardless of if it's brushed on or sprayed on. The only solution I know to combat this would be to tint the finish. The only concern is that the initial leeching of the dye might still leave some uneven coloration underneath it all. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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