Re: Staining ties

John G Massura

When my stain evaporates over time and becomes too dark, I add denatured alcohol to thin it out.

You can try with a couple oz of stain and add a few drops of denatured and see if there are any adverse effects.

John Massura

On Oct 20, 2020, at 19:04, Bill Lugg <> wrote:

I pulled the ties out of the solution after a day and a half of soaking and they looked like very lightly weathered wood.

So, I think you all are right that my solution has lost some of the alcohol carrier after sitting for so long. I was going to try some 91% and shoe dye to see how it works, but discovered alcohol is rarer that hen's teeth right now - apparently there's some kid of a pandemic going on. ;o) I have a gallon of denatured alcohol in the shop; will there be any detrimental effects from using that instead?

Thanks for the help
Bill Lugg

On 10/19/20 10:43 AM, Jim Marlett wrote:
I don’t have a clue what is going on, but I use 91% isopropyl alcohol and shoe leather dye. I just recently stained some ties I’ve had for over 40 years and they stained just fine. I also stained some old Kappler ties that may have been 20 or 30 years old (I can’t remember when I got them) and they stained fine as well. If you used 70% alcohol, it is not inconceivable that at least part of the alcohol has evaporated out and water isn’t as good a carrier as alcohol, IMHO. I think I would mix up a whole new batch of stain. The materials are cheap.

Jim Marlett

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