General Finishes Dye Stain Reducer - Pint

$ 20.99

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Dye Stain Reducer is the clear base used when manufacturing General Finishes Dye Stain and can be used to make custom Dye Stain colors and for toning.

Creating A Custom Color
Add 10% increments of Dye Stain Reducer to General Finishes Dye Stain or General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain until you achieve your desired color. Any percentage of stain or reducer can be added.

Please note:

  • Dye Stain Reducer will lighten the color and thin the viscosity of stain.
  • Dye Stain Reducer will cause Water Based Wood Stain to penetrate deeper into the wood.

Using Dye Stain as a Pre-Stain Conditioner
Control even penetration of Dye Stain by applying a coat of Dye Stain Reducer over raw wood before using Dye Stain.

Dry Time
Dry 2+ hours between coats & before GF water-based stain or topcoat in ideal conditions: 70°F/20°C; 50-70% humidity. Cooler temperatures & higher humidity may prolong dry time. Dry 24+ hours before applying GF oil-based products.

Don't forget your brushes!


Product Colors: Clear
Base Type: Water
Ambering: No
Interior or Exterior: Interior only
Type: Water Based Stain
Coats: 1+ coats
Application Method: Brush, Spray
Usable over existing finishes: No
Spray Tip Sizes: HVLP 1.1mm-1.3mm
Topcoat Required: Yes
Dry Time - Touch: 30+ min.
Dry Time - Recoat: 2+ hrs.
Coverage: 60-80 sq. ft.
Viscosity: Very Thin

  • Pry open sealed lids with a paint can opener by hooking under the lid's rolled edge. The use of a screwdriver can disfigure the rim and lid, impairing a complete seal.
  • Keep lid closed while working. Pour what you will use into a bowl, paper cup, or plate, and close can lid as you work.
  • Clean the chime of the can thoroughly with a paper towel before closing to create a complete seal. Paint in the chime can be minimized by using a pouring lid, such as Fitsall. Avoid wiping used brushes on the lid.
  • Pound the lid in place using a rubber mallet to avoid distorting the chime or lid. Dents in the lid from direct contact with a hammer can impair a complete seal. Alternatively, place a flat piece of wood over can lid and firmly pound shut.
  • Store in moderate temperatures. Avoid temperatures below 50°F/10°C or above 100°F/26°C. Frozen and heat-damaged product cannot be revitalized. Temperature-controlled spaces, such as a basement, are ideal for storage. Do not store product in an attic, garage, in direct sunlight, or next to something warm like a water heater or furnace.
  • Store can upside down to create a liquid seal, minimize evaporation and reduce the chance of crystallization. Decant remaining product from the can before stirring.
  • Decant leftovers to a smaller container when the finish is almost used up. Alternative storage containers for water-based products are plastic FIFO bottles or glass bottles. Do not fill metal-lidded containers completely to prevent them from rusting.