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Picked them up at the manufacturer in Manhattan, W.D. Lockwood...they don’t have online ordering. I purchased 35 for $158 plus they threw in an additional dozen of their newer colors. It worked out to $3.36 per packet for the 47. I’m “guessing” they probably retail for $4.50 or more purchasing directly from WD.
They charge me roughly $28/#, the pounds coming in metal qt cans. 1# yields 4-8 gallons.
They do blotch on softwoods to some degree but not nearly as much as with pigmented oil stains. For a light color on pine to match Alder they’d likely be fine, eliminating any pre-treatment/conditioning. There are several different methods to condition the wood when using dyes...I’ve only found the need to do that with the oil anilines.
I have used a aniline dye on a few projects in the past, and found it easy to work with, and especially useful for mixing custom tints on the spot.
May raise the gain a bit more than traditional oil based stains.
I seem to get a fair amount of work repairing damaged lacquer around windows, and have used this dye for quick, custom touch-up stains sometimes. The color combinations that can be created are only limited by color mixing ability (ie., color theory and application).