Guest Litchfield Custom Gutars Posted January 26, 2004 Report Share Posted January 26, 2004 This does NOT save money, but will make small batches of color, and will last for years to come, due to the poly being UV resistant. Ok, before anyone says anything about UV fading, bear in mind that the food color is water based dye (aka aniline) and mixed with the poly, it has more stability than one would think. In this tutorial, I made a yellow dye, but it can be used to make green, blue, red, purple, and so on. I will also include my recipes for other colors. First off, you will need one 8 oz. can of minwax polycrylic. Any waterbased poly will work, but water based is the key word. You will also need between one and five 1 oz. bottles of the desired color. In this tut I used 2 bottles of yellow, and it came out wrong. I am actually glad this happened, so that I can show how to correct this. After you have gathered your supplies, use a plastic tub, I like the sour cream ones, but any will do. Empty the contents of the dye bottle(s) into the tub. If you see fit, wear some rubber gloves. I have found that the food dye is too thin for the glove to do much good, but you judge for yourself. Now empty the whole can of poly into the tub carefully. The splash can do some damage to clothes. Now, put the lid on the tub and shake it just enough to stir the dye and poly together. Take the lid off and look at it. Then test it out on some scrap wood. As you can see, it came out a little orange. This is because there is too much color. Add some poly to it and when you are satisfied, you are done. Mine turned out better, and I used it to practice my carribean burst, which I have not perfected as yet. It is the yellow in the picture below. For red, I use 5 bottles of dye, and one can of poly Green, also 5 bottles and one can. Blue, 2 bottles and one can. Purple to taste mixing red and blue. Now you can and should experiment to find your own recipes, because my eyes will like different mixtures than yours. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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