These are liquid concentrates that are soluble with either water or alcohol. Each 2 oz. bottle makes 1/2 gallon of tint dye. These are perfect toners for shellacs, water based finishes, lacquers, and varnishes.
To Use as a Dye Stain:
Mix with tap or distilled water for an economical, non-flammable stain OR mix with alcohol for a fast-drying, non-grain raising stain. No waiting or straining is necessary because the dye is pre-dissolved.
Suggested mix ratio is 2 oz. dye per 1/2 gallon solvent (increase or decrease ratio to suit need). Dye solutions can be applied by brush, rag, spray, or sponge. When using a water-reduced dye, a pre-grain raising is advisable -- apply the dye with an abrasive pad like maroon Mirlon.
To Use as a Finish Toner:
One of TransTint Dyes most unique features is their compatibility with a wide range of finishing mediums. Simply add the dye concentrate directly to shellac, water-base finishes, solvent lacquers, and catalyzed varnish or lacquers. Add any amount up to 1 oz. per quart. All dye colors are intermixable to produce custom shades.
Colors may vary due to computer monitor resolution. Always test the stain on a hidden area before you begin.
Adding TransTint to other products
TransTint Dyes can be added to a wide variety of finishing products like waxes and glues. The following list illustrates the unique uses for this product.
Add to waxes to make a one step colored wax/stain for use on decorative objects and turnings
Add to water miscible glues like yellow and white to disguise glue lines
Add to veneer glues to make squeeze-out blend in on figured woods like crotch mahogany
Add to epoxy to make clear colored fillers for filling knots and cracks
Mix with shellac or water base finish for touch-ups on damaged finishes (scratches and dents)
TransTints are incompatible* when added to the following products: Oil based varnishes and polyurethanes Watco Danish Oil, Minwax Wipe on Poly, Minwax Antique Oil, and similar wipe on oil finishes (excluding gels) All oil based liquid stains (excluding oil based gel stains) Mineral Spirits Tung oil and Linseed oil 2K (2-component) polyurethane finishes * You can always apply TransTint to the wood, let dry, and then apply these products.
TransTints are not recommended for adding to oil based finishes like stains, varnishes, polyurethanes, linseed and Tung oil. You can usually work around having to add TransTint to oils by using TransTints in shellac or some other medium that it does mix with.