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Important Notes

Instructions

  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover or newspaper and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. If necessary, sand unfinished wood lightly and wipe clean. If working with finished wood, strip paint, varnish or wax from the item. Scrape and sand surface until smooth and wipe clean with a tack cloth.
  3. Wearing gloves, mix ½ cup of liquid dye or 1 box of powder dye with 2 quarts of very hot water.
  4. Test color on a scrap piece of similar wood or a hidden area of the item. If the color is too light, add more dye; if the color is too dark, add more water. Please note that the dye will appear lighter when dry.
  5. If you are trying to achieve a softer look, wet the wood or wicker and then let it dry for 15 minutes before dyeing.
  6. Dip or immerse item in dye bath for 10 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally. If dye bath is shallow, rotate items evenly.
  7. Let dye dry completely. If necessary, apply another coat of dye to achieve desired shade.
  8. Allow wood or wicker to dry completely.
  9. Sealing:
    1. Wood: Apply one or two coats of polyurethane using a new foam or bristle brush. Lightly rub with steel wool, or use #220 grit fine sandpaper between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth.
    2. Wicker: Brush on one or two coats of polyurethane. It is not necessary to rub with steel wool between coats.
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover or newspaper and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  2. If necessary, sand unfinished wood lightly and wipe clean. If working with finished wood, strip paint, varnish or wax from the item. Scrape and sand surface until smooth and wipe clean with a tack cloth.
  3. Wearing gloves, mix ½ cup of liquid dye or 1 box of powder dye with 2 cups of very hot water.
  4. Test color on a scrap piece of similar wood or a hidden area of the item. If the color is too light, add more dye; if the color is too dark, add more water. Please note that the dye will appear lighter when dry.
  5. If you are trying to achieve a softer look, wet the wood or wicker and then let it dry for 15 minutes before dyeing.
  6. Dip a foam, bristle brush or old cloth in the dye solution and spread evenly over surface. Depending upon the shape of the piece, all three may be used. Unwanted dye drips can be removed by sanding wood immediately.
    1. If you are stenciling: Tape stencil where design is to appear. Dip stencil brush into dye and blot on paper towel until nearly dry. Beginning at outside edges, brush the dye toward center of stencil. Wait 1 to 2 minutes until dye is absorbed then remove stencil.
  7. To achieve consistent results, make sure the dye stays hot. This is especially an issue if you are staining a chair or table. Dye can reheated in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Let dye dry completely. If necessary, apply another coat of dye to achieve desired shade.
  9. Sealing:
    1. Wood: Apply one or two coats of polyurethane using a new foam or bristle brush. Lightly rub with steel wool, or use #220 grit fine sandpaper between coats and remove dust and filings with a tack cloth.
    2. Wicker: Brush on one or two coats of polyurethane. It is not necessary to rub with steel wool between coats.
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