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Me too, only DNA and Feibings USMC Black or brown. Even 91% IPA has water which can warp wood, so I don’t use it.
Be careful, though, to use it as a stain over paint. Don’t overdo it as the DNA is also a great paint remover. Guess how I know?
All I have ever used is denatured alcohol and Fiebing Leather dye. Never had any problems with it. I feel this mixture gives superior penetration and prevents warping in longer lengths of strip wood. Like higher percentages of water to alcohol might. I live in Colorado so I’ve never had a problem with the alcohol drawing water out of the air. It’s just too dry here! Lol
Bill, wear nitrile gloves. too much thru the skin absorption is not good.
lloyd lehrer, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA (310)951-9097
On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 5:04 PM Bill Lugg <luggw1@...
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
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