TransTints are formulated from light stable metallized acid dyes. They are more lightfast when compared to conventional aniline powdered type dye stains. This unique concentrated formulation allows the user great latitude in using the dye because it is compatible with a wide variety of finishing products. The dye can be mixed with either water or alcohol as a bare stain on wood - or added directly to finishing materials like shellac and lacquer to make toners or stains.
Stain and Finishing Options
When using any dye or colorant, we highly recommend testing your colors first on scraps or cut-offs along with your selected top coat before applying to your projects. TransTint Dyes are not for exterior use and can not be mixed with oil-based products.
All TransTint dye colors are intermixable to produce custom shades.
Review by Spencer Salva
This is the first wood dye I've ever purchased, along with some Dark Walnut and Black. Using just the straight Dark Mission Brown with lacquer thinner & denatured alcohol base, I've gotten beautiful results on inexpensive pine & parawood (rubberwood). Along with a poly/oil finish, it really brought out a lot of character that I didn't think parawood had. I intend to buy more and use it on other types of wood as well. I live in a neighborhood known for it's Craftsman-style architecture and this color works will with Mission-style furnishing of the same period, so I'm using it throughout my house and have gotten many compliments.