Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey

Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey
Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey
Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey
Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey
Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey

Water Based Wood Dye - Shades of Grey

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Indoor & Outdoor Use - Water Based - Environmentally Friendly - Non-Toxic - Quick Drying - Low Odour - Lightfast - Easy Brush Clean 

A unique formula that both penetrates and coats bare, sanded wood. It can be applied as a light wash effect or, with further coats, to create a lovely soft pastel grey appearance.

Shades of Grey can be applied to all kinds of wooden surfaces from small craft items to large projects. The ingredients in the product allow it to be applied as a pale, transparent wash with more of the natural wood colour showing through - further coats will deepen the shade and create a more solid colour with a soft pastel, almost ‘chalky’ appearance. The dye can be diluted with water or mixed with our other colours.

Looking for that salty, weathered look? Try our Driftwood Grey from the Driftwood Collection.


Careful, thorough preparation will result in a far superior finish. Ensure your wood is as clean as possible and free from previous finishes. Do not apply the dye to wet surfaces. Well sanded wood will be far more receptive to the dye, and this will form the basis for a good quality finish. Avoid cleaning the wood with white spirit!

Pour half of the contents into a suitable container and replace the cap tightly. You can now shake the bottle / jerry can vigorously, ensuring that all settled ingredients are fully mixed. Now pour the remaining mixed liquid into the same container and continue to stir the dye as one. Remember to stir often during use. The dye can be poured back into the bottle / jerry can for storage – repeat this process before each use.


Apply the dye liberally along the grain with a good quality brush - careful not to brush back and forth. Once applied, simply allow the dye to soak into the wood and dry completely. Avoid the temptation to brush it again at this stage. After approximately 2 hours, a further coat can be applied to increase the depth of colour as desired.

We recommend using protective gloves and splash goggles during use and simply wash out your brush with cold water afterwards.


The dyed wood can be finished with a variety of finishing products depending on the desired result and location.

For Indoor Use

Our Clear Finish Wax Polish will provide a soft, silky feel – however, our Extra Strong Varnish would generally be the best option for enhancing and protecting the colour. Our grey dyes do produce a reasonably tough surface without further finishing if you prefer the natural raw colour on areas that are not subject to wear and tear or moisture.

For Outdoor Use

Our Superior Danish Oil or our Water Based Titan Topcoat will further enhance the colour and provide protection for use outdoors. If applied to decking, use our Decking Oil Plus+ for greater protection against wear and tear and maximise the UV protection.

Note: Varnishes will always change the final appearance of a colour to some extent – however our matt varnishes will have a lesser effect on the colour.

It’s important to note that the final appearance will be a combination of the natural colour of your wood, the effect of the dye and the finishing product if used. With this in mind - always produce a test piece so you can properly judge the result.

Drying Time

Touch dry in approximately 2 hours.

Please note: this is an approximate drying time. There could be a number of factors that may affect this. 


Approx. coverage of 8-10m² per litre, for one liberal coat.

Image Details

Whilst every attempt has been made to make our example images as realistic as possible the actual finished colour you achieve on your project may be slightly different due to either your monitor settings or the type and condition of the wood you are working with.


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