I am interested in incorporating dye stains into my finish work, and want to learn more about how exactly to use them. Does anyone have pictures of dyes being used to tone clear lacquers? I would like to see some of the possibilities available by doing this.
From contributor A:
What are you looking for? Would you like to see a photo of the steps on how the dyes work as a shading stain?
The next three photos show different colors with shading stain finishes.
Toners and shading stains are used for different techniques. Toners and shading stains can be made from either dyes or pigmented colorants.
Toners are used at the beginning of the finishing process to adjust, blend, or add color to the woods. Shading stains can be used anywhere in the finishing process. A shading stain finish as you see in the photos is another technique that has its place in finishing.
Some finishers will stop once they achieve a uniform color with the shading stain. I prefer to apply a few more clear coats over the shading stain.
As I always say, you need to make up some samples to get the feel of the technique. It will take some practice.