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Wood dyes vs. wood stains


Often confused, wood dyes and wood stains have one main difference—pigment!

May 13, 2022

Camera: Jeff Roos KT Kaminski — Edit: Ben Strano

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Videos in the Series

  • Why is wood brown?

    May 13, 2022

    Before diving into staining and dying wood, Mike Mascelli teaches us about the history of coloring wood.

  • Wood dyes vs. wood stains

    May 13, 2022

    Often confused, wood dyes and wood stains have one main difference—pigment!

  • Working with pigmented wood stain

    May 13, 2022

    Wood stain is available in any hardware store and can be used with great results as long as you understand it.

  • Working with wood dye

    May 13, 2022

    Wood dyes have come a long way since their invention. In this video Mike Mascelli demonstrates the subtleties of using them.

  • How to dye sapwood

    May 13, 2022

    Mindfully done, you can dye sapwood to match the surrounding wood—Mike Mascelli shows you how.

  • Using a color wheel

    May 13, 2022

    A simple color wheel can save the day when you need to match an existing color with your wood finish.

  • Four ways of adding color to wood

    May 13, 2022

    Adding color to wood can be accomplished with dye, stain, glaze, or toner.

  • 6 rules for coloring wood

    May 13, 2022

    There are a lot of ways to screw up the color on a finish, but follow Mike Mascelli's 6 rules and you'll be fine.

  • How to working with color in the real world

    May 13, 2022

    In the conclusion of this series, Mike puts everything he's taught to practice on two different sample boards.

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About This Video Workshop

With a seemingly endless array of wood stains and dyes, it’s very easy to get confused and overwhelmed when adding color to your furniture. Mike Mascelli will help you understand the individual elements of stains and dyes AND demystify the process. In this video workshop, Mike demonstrates: The differences between stains and dyes How to add depth to a piece with glazes Perfecting the final color with spray toner How to dye sapwood to better… More about this Video Workshop

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