I have used a few different brands of wood dye on several different furniture projects from dining chairs and tables to dressing table and wardrobes.
I first used colron wood about 3 years ago whilst restoring an Edwardian side table. I made the trip to a local DIY shop and looked over their selection of wood dyes which was disappointing. So I ended up in Wilkinson's and looked over their surprisingly large selection of wood dyes.
I chose to try colron out as I hadn't used their wood dyes before but I had used other products of theirs and had been satisfied with the results. And this product had the same result. I was extremely pleased with the end result, it looked good.
I found that I wasn't overpowered by the odour of the chemicals that I was using and the smell didn't last too long either. The application was nice smooth and easy to apply. It can be done with a brush or cloth.
The price wasn't astronomical either which made choosing colron more appealing. I can't remember the exact price that I paid but it was well worth it.
This is a product that I would recommend to all that are looking for a high quality wood dye. It is widely available from many major retailers such as B'n'Q, homebase, Wilkinson's and more. It is a product that comes in a variety of finishes such as mahogany and oak amongst others. They also have several other products which are worth checking out as well.
When I needed to resurface an old table that had been given to me I took a trip to B&Q and overlooked the own brand merchandise in favor of the Colron brand as my father had told me that it was much better and he is in my opinion the DIY king.
Colron is for use on interior woods only, i.e. furniture and it can be used on a variety of woods such as mahogany, English oak, pine etc. Basically anything other then balsa and chipboard.
After you have stained the wood (providing it has already been stripped back of its previous stain and /or varnish, it is best to protect the stained wood with a good varnish and I recommend using Ronsil Diamond hard clear varnish, it will give the wood a nice sheen to it and protect the stain against light knocks. Some dyes have a finishing agent or varnish in them, this one does not however.
A 250 mililitre tin will set you back £7.50 and this was fine for my tabel which is 5 feet long x 2.5 feet wide as I said I got ine from B&Q, im sure there are many other places that stock it.
You have to be careful when using this stuff and you have to hold your nerve. The stain works very quickly once it is put to wood, so it is imperetive that you 'paint' the wood evenly and quickly so as to not have too much build up in one particular area making the staining seem uneven. The wood dye comes in a variety of colours ranging from like canadian pine to darker mahogeny colours, all will give a good even colour to the wood so that it will not look like it have been home stained but rather manufactured that way. Its imperitive that you pick the right colour because if you go too dark or even too light a stain before hand , this stuff is so powerful that you will have to strip the wood back again and then restain. As mentioned before this is a powerful dye, you cannot get it off fully just be using a solvent like white spirit, best thing to do for removal is to sand the wood back to grain, clean with a cloth dipped in white spirit, wipe this off with a wet cloth and then leave to dry and then start again. I would also advise wearing a mask and opening a window as this dye smells like any other industrial mateiral.
Prior to application the surface should be clean and not bleamished with any foreign agents. It is best applied with either a soft lint free cloth as directed on the back and then you rub the dye into the in a circular motion with the way of the grain. This will dry relatively quickly depending on the amount you use in about 6 hours, you can then reapply as needed. I personally used a new small brush as I needed a larger quantity of the dye to go on to cover up blemishes on the old wood I was working with, plus I had a much darker dye and managed to turn a table that was light beachwood into dark mahogeny. It s best not to pour the dye directly from the tin as I found the mechanism for opening the dye is not the best for pouring and it can be hard to judge just how much of the dye comes out menaing it can get a bit paniky sometimes. So I cut up a 4 pint milk bottle in half, cleaned out the bottom half, poured the dye in there and used that as the pallet, this way it is easy to see how much is going in and how much you want to put on the brush or the cloth.
Try to clean off the tin lid as much as possible, it is a plastic round lid and it can gunk up if dye is allowed to dry on it meaning you will have trouble opening it a second time, so clean off the dye off the lid each time you pour being careful not to use any water to do so as to not taint the dye within the opened tin.
This is an interior wood stain/dye agent from established supplier Colron which comes in a variety of colours:
Teak, mahogany, antique pine, American walnut, English light oak, mellow pine, Jacobean dark oak, Georgian medium oak, red mahogany, deep mahogany and Victorian pine.
Uses: (interior only )
Wooden floors (varnish afterwards with either a oil based wood varnish or danish oil if you prefer a less glossy look ), furniture, bare wood doors etc.
This wood dye penetrates into the wood grain producing a good depth of colour and enhances the beauty of the wood. Although I do prefer the natural hues of raw wood, I can see that this colourant has many uses and have used it successfully myself on some spruce for an instrument.
This is a dye only and contains no finishing agent therefore a varnish or seal will be needed. There are lots of options here from an oil based varnish, spirit finishes such as a french polish, or oils such as tung/Danish etc.
Application: This is best applied with a soft lint free cloth and rubbed into the wood working with the grain. It will be completely dry in 6 hours. It is best to do a trial run first on an inconspicuous area or an off-cut. The surface should be clean, smooth and not filled (this can affect the finish).
One of the good things about the Colron range is that they can be mixed together, so if for example you fancy a colour that is not available you can add colours and mix your own hues. Ensure that you mix enough if you do this- you do not want to run out halfway through and struggle to mix the same colour again. It is recommended that you apply one coat only but if you want a deeper finish you can do another. Ensure that you buff each coat well though between applications.
This is a permanent dye. You can only remove this by sanding.
Colron dyes do not yellow or fade on exposure to sun which is excellent especially for conservatory furniture.
This is a good product for those who wish to update their furniture or simply change a colour scheme.
I advise ventilation though, it honks a bit :)
Various sizes available and prices start at around £8 for a 250ml tin with screw cap. Available from DIY shops, Hardware shops and all over the internet including Amazon.