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Gray Wood Stain Demonstration Using Wood Dye

Making Gray Wood Stain Using Keda Dye is Very Easy To Do.

The Mixture

The formula I used was:

To start, I mix 1/8th Tsp. of Keda Dye’s Coal Black Dye Powder (or 0.5 Grams) powder dye into 1 oz. warm water. I then added 7 oz. of Isopropyl alcohol to the 1 oz. water dye mixture. You could just use 8 oz. of warm water though. However, I liked the look and the faster dry time using the 70%-91% rubbing alcohol for my project. Diluting the Keda Coal Black powder dye creates this beautiful silver gray stain color, and has an amazing wood finishing depth.

Wood Used

The main project was made from a lower grade, solid wood “Curly Maple”. I also used a store bought Pine, as well as double A grade Quarter Sawn Maple, with a Rotary Cut Maple Veneer B side laid up on MDF core. The last two woods were primarily for showing the same gray dye stain color on different woods.

Wood Prep

On this project the prep work used for all the woods, consisted of sanding the wood with a 150 grit sandpaper. I did blow off the saw dust, with compressed air. This was also followed by wiping down the pre colored wood with the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, and a lint free microfiber towel to remove any dust still lingering behind. After cleaning the wood with the alcohol, I allowed the rubbing alcohol to completely dry before the stain application process.

Wood Stain Application

I began the gray stain application process. I flooded the wood surface with the gray stain mixture, and worked the wood dye into the grains of the wood. The dyes absorbed and dried relatively quickly. Personally, I typically like to wipe the stained wood down with a clean, lint free cloth, prior to fully drying. This helps to lift off any loose wood dyes, and helps prevent any possible wood stain pooling.

For the second round for the gray dye solution, was to be a little more controlled during the application process. I did not flood the surface quite as heavily. I did wipe off the excess wood stain off fairly quickly in an effort to get that silver gray look.

Sealing The Gray Stain Into The Wood

Once I was certain the gray dye stain had fully dried, I followed that up with sealing the stained wood with a spray can of gloss lacquer from Deft. I did not wet sand or polish the lacquer at all. After all, these blanket holders are going to be in my closet. I did however, do an in-between coat sanding about an hour after the 2nd coat of lacquer had dried. 3 coats of the lacquer in total were applied, but you certainly could add more. This really was a very simple DIY project. Hopefully it has provided a good visual for getting that transparent, clean, gray wood stain look, and helps someone out.

You can buy Keda wood dye on our ordering information page located here: Buy wood dye

Making A Bright Red Dye Stain Using The Keda Dye Powder 5 Color Wood Stain Kit

Here I try to show how to color wood a very bright red just in time for Christmas. This red stain color would make a perfect red  for that wooden Santa Claus, adding that little extra touch of vibrancy to your woodwork. I am using one of the best, most vibrant, versatile wood coloring options available, called Keda Dye 

I create this bright red stain by mixing the Keda red stain powder with just a touch of the yellow stain powder into a splash of water, then add rubbing alcohol to help create a little cleaner look to the red finish. The Keda Dye stain powder kit has 5 wood stain colors in one very easy to use kit.

I also try to show how by using different grit sandpapers, you can achieve different wood colors, on wood ranging from Pink stain to a deep bright red stain. There is quite a bit of flexibility with the Keda Dye 5 color kit has.  


For the wood sanding, I went with a 150 grit, which allows for a little better color absorption, and for the coral or hot pink stain color, I went with a 220 – 320 sanding to help reduce the color absorption, creating the lighter pink wood tone.  The wood I used in this red stain video was a hard Maple that does have some slight figuring, but I chose Maple because of the neutral wood color that Maple offers. As for the color mixing ratios them self, they are as follows:

Red Dye ratio was:

1 oz water 3 oz Rubbing Alcohol (or dyes can be mixed into all water)

Keda Red Stain Powder = 1/4th Tsp (0.75 – 0.85 Grams by weight)

Keda Yellow Stain Powder = half of a small pea size (Which you will see in the video ; ) 

I applied the red stain to the wood using a white cotton cloth rag, let it dry good, and for the sealing process, I sealed this red wood formulation with Krylon Triple Thick Glaze ( Which I think is actually intended for pottery lol, but it still worked out). Hey thank you for checking this out, and I really hope that it helps someone pout in their project!

 #red #stain #wood #KedaDye

5 Wood Dye Powder Colors Kit

Keda Powder Dye SDS

Keda Coal Black Powder Dye:

Keda Coal Black Dye Powder SDS

Keda Royal Blue Powder Dye:

Keda Royal Blue Dye Powder SDS

Keda Golden Brown Powder Dye:

Keda Golden Brown Dye SDS

Keda Fire Engine Red Powder Dye:

Keda Fire Engine Red Dye Powder SDS

Keda Sunflower Yellow Dye:

Keda Sunflower Yellow Dye Powder SDS

Please understand these sheets are intended for large volume storage and an industrial setting in raw powder concentrate format, but does offer some good info for those interested. These powder dye SDS sheets are meant as a water base format. Please do not use dyes in fish aquariums which can make it difficult for the fish to breathe the oxygen from the water properly.