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Jodywright

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I thought it might be nice to dye some wood cars which have a nice wood grain pattern rather than paint them.  I still wanted to have bright colors (red, blue, green).  I have found some sites in the US which sell JE Moser dyes, but shipping and custom costs to Canada are horrible.  Do any of you have some tips for me.  The internet suggests food coloring, but that was a bust on my test piece.  They also suggest clothing dye.  I can just use standard wood stain colors, I guess, but I thought a bright color might be nice.
thanks for any help.
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Hi - I have done some that looks like dyes but they are still the craft paints.  I have watered down the paint, some as much as 3 parts water to 1 parts paint.  Once the mix is made I dunk the parts.  Mainly used this with puzzles.  The colors aren't "bright" but they are definitely different colors.  Some colors mix with water better than others so you need to experiment.  I've attached some photos and you can see the wood grain through all of these but it is a little hard to tell. 
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Jodywright

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thanks
just regular acrylic latex paint?
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Rod T

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There is a set of dyes available here in Australia. 
I haven't used them so can't comment on how good they are etc. 
But here is the link to the place that sells them.

http://www.ubeaut.com.au/dye.html

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I have used the ubeaut dyes they are not  bad, in the photo, the horse float had been done in dye on red oat timber. Hope this gives you some idea. George

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Yes, to the just regular acrylic latex paints.
Jodywright

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thanks to everyone
cute puzzles and toys people, you guys really make me jealous
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I have the dyes that Rod T mentioned they are good, just used  red on a fret patterned box on  new guinea rosewood  timber and it came out OK, they say can mix with water, but  I found full strength was great, any way my 2 cents worth, and they grain shows through too
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Try Rockler.com. Several years ago I purchased a number of dye powders. You then mix with water to get the shade (darkness) you desire.  They also have stores across the country.  I used the dyes on toys for my Great grandkids.  Be sure to seal the item after it is dyed.
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