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Dyeing Wood using PRO MX Reactive Dyes
Please read directions carefully
Use PRO MX to dye or stain wood. Always do test
samples before working on a large project. For additional information, visit our website
- Wear rubber gloves, apron or old clothes.
- Utensils used for dyeing should never be used for food
- While the dyes are non-toxic, the alcohols are both
flammable and unsafe to breathe over an extended period of time. Use in an area with good
ventilation and do not smoke or eat near the dye area.
PRO MX Reactive Dye
Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl) or Denatured (grain) Alcohol
Note: We have used both 70% rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) and denatured (grain)
alcohol. Both work equally well. Denatured alcohol might be slightly less expensive, if
you are planning to do a large amount of dyeing.
1. Make the dye solution by dissolving the desired amount of PRO MX Reactive Dye from
the chart below, in ½ cup (120 ml) of room temperature 75o to 95oF
(24oto 35oC) water. Add ½ cup (120 ml) alcohol to make 1 cup (240
ml) of total dye solution. Store dye solutions in tightly capped glass bottles.
tsp (1 gm)
2. Apply the dye solution by soaking the wood in full strength dye solution for 15
minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, remove the wood and let it dry. Repeat this step for as
many times as necessary to obtain the desired color. There is no need for rinsing or heat
setting. Simply allow the wood/wood chips to air dry.
Good things to know:
- We recommend making the dye solution lighter than the
desired final color. Color depth should be built up by successive dips with intermediate
drying. Color will normally look darker when wet. Colors that are too dark cannot be
- Color variations can be obtained by dipping a portion of the
wood/wood chips into one color of dye solution and another sections into another color.
Dye solutions may also be applied by brush, sponge or squeeze bottle.
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