Water Soluble Aniline Dye Powder

Water soluble aniline dye powder, a synthetic wood dye whose development dates back to the mid 19th century. These modern version is water soluble, easy to apply and available in a wide selection of colours all of which exhibit good lightfastness.


14 gram bags, each of which will make approximately:

  • 1 litre of standard strength liquid dye

  • 0.5 litre of concentrated liquid dye

  • 2 litres of wash strength liquid dye


1 litre of dye will cover approximately 8 square metres. This can vary depending on the species, type and surface condition of the wood to which it is applied. All swatches shown are 2 coats of standard strength dye applied to maple which has been sanded to 320 grit.


All interior wood dye applications, on soft- and hardwoods, and engineered timbers such as plywood. Suitable for use under all lacquers, varnishes, shellacs and oils.


As a water soluble dye, this cannot be mixed with solvent-based lacquers or varnishes. For vintage finishes where fading is desirable use the Alcohol Soluble Aniline Dye Powder. For all other circumstances use Metal Complex Dye Powder to tint solvent-based lacquers and varnishes (nitrocellulose, shellac etc.).


  • Add boiling water to a suitable container (we recommend glass or HDPE) and stir

  • Gradually add dye and continue stirring until it is all dissolved

  • Leave to cool to room temperature

  • We recommend straining before use to remove any undissolved clumps of dye

  • Dye can be applied by sponge, cloth, brush, spray or dip


Powder dye should be stored at room temperature in a sealed container and away from direct sunlight.

Once mixed, the dye can be stored for up to 1 year in a suitable container. Shake well before use.