cahudson42 cahudson42
I have some "Jacquard Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dye 1 oz. jar jet black" and hope to use it to ebonize a Maple wood bookcase base.

Reading the posts, I see 'mix with water, then with alcohol' (ethanol).

My question is - proportions? That is, is 'jet black' one of the colors that dissolves well in alcohol, or poorly?

And given that, how should I proceed to mix what ratios of MX, water, and ethanol?

Thanks for your advice!
Chris
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JennyR JennyR
Chris,

The Jacquard Procion MX dyes actually are 2/3oz (smallest size), rather than an 1oz, so you'll want to make sure to note that with your formulas.
ETOH should equal about 1% of solution. It's a wetting agent.

Jenny
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cahudson42 cahudson42
Thanks Jenny,

What I really would like to know is the maximum percentage of Ethanol, and the minimal amount of water, that I can successfully use with this jet black dye.

This is because when you brush water on newly sanded or planed wood, it 'raises the grain' - makes it fuzzy. Ethanol does not do this - so the more of it I can use, the less 'fuzziness' I will get on my Maple.

Can you advise on this!

Thanks!
Chris
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JennyR JennyR
We're shooting from the hip, but here's what we think:

Most dyes are not soluble in ethanol and instead are soluble in the water used to cut it. Its going to take quite a bit of experimenting to see how high you can go. If we were going to do some experimenting, we'd probably start at 10% ethanol. If we didn't run into issues at 10%, then we'd increase the concentration in 5% increments until issues arise.

Jenny
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