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FAQs

Can I create any special effects with FolkArt Ultra Dye?
Yes, FolkArt Ultra Dye can be used to create a one-color Ombre effect or when using two colors, you can easily create a blended dye look. FolkArt Ultra Dye can also be used beautifully with stencils on unfinished wood.
Do I need to mix the FolkArt Ultra Dye before use?
Yes, before use you should shake the FolkArt Ultra Dye bottle to ensure the dye is fully incorporated.
How are FolkArt Ultra Dye Brushes different from other brushes?
FolkArt Ultra Dye brushes are manufactured with soft, black Taklon bristles which are perfect for smooth applications of FolkArt Ultra Dye.
FolkArt Ultra Dye brushes are available in a package containing one 1” and one 1 ½” Flat Brush along with two pair of plastic gloves.
How should I clean my FolkArt Ultra Dye project?
Projects created using FolkArt Ultra Dye can be wiped clean to remove dust using a slightly damp paper towel once they have been sealed.
How should I prepare my surfaces before dyeing with FolkArt Ultra Dye?
Preparation is unique for each surface. Keep reading to learn more.
  • Wood – FolkArt Ultra Dye is best applied directly to the unfinished, raw wood. The only preparation to the unfinished wood, would be to sand any rough areas using a medium-to-fine grit sandpaper. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  • Wicker, Hemp, Reed Baskets – These surfaces MUST be uncoated and non-sealed to properly accept FolkArt Ultra Dye. (NOTE: Be sure to test a small area to make sure the surface is free of any finishes.) Prepare these non-finished surfaces by wiping with a damp cloth to remove all dust particles.
  • Fabric – FolkArt Ultra Dye can be used on natural fabrics for decorative purposes ONLY. Fabric items such as: pillows, curtains, hand woven cotton rugs or framed fabric artwork that will not be laundered can be used. Because FolkArt Ultra Dye is a water soluble dye, it may reactivate when fabrics become wet. It is not recommended for use on rugs or materials that come into regular contact with water.
On what types of surfaces can I use FolkArt Ultra Dye?
FolkArt Ultra Dye is best used as a brush-on dye on any porous surface such as unfinished wood, non-sealed baskets, burlap and most unfinished natural fibers.
Should I seal my FolkArt Ultra Dye project after it is dry?
For added protection, it is recommended to seal a FolkArt Ultra Dye project. A project created using only one color should be sealed with one brush-on application of FolkArt Ultra Dye Satin Varnish.
A multi-color or stenciled project created using FolkArt Ultra Dye should be sealed with a couple light applications of a clear acrylic spray sealer.
What is the best stenciling technique to use when stenciling with FolkArt Ultra Dye?
When stenciling with FolkArt Ultra Dye, it is best to use a dry brush technique. Make sure your stencil brush is properly loaded and excess dye has been removed. Stencils can be taped or held in place. Hold the stencil brush vertically, keeping the flat portion of the bristles flat to the unfinished surface, touch the stencil and begin stenciling using a circular motion clockwise then counter clockwise.
NOTE: It is best to begin at the outer edges of the stencil design working toward the center. When stenciling two colors side by side you will notice how easily the two colors can be blended to achieve the desired hand painted look.
What is the best stenciling technique to use when stenciling with FolkArt Ultra Dye?
When stenciling with FolkArt Ultra Dye, it is best to use a dry brush technique. Make sure your stencil brush is properly loaded and excess dye has been removed. Stencils can be taped or held in place. Hold the stencil brush vertically, keeping the flat portion of the bristles flat to the unfinished surface, touch the stencil and begin stenciling using a circular motion clockwise then counter clockwise.
NOTE: It is best to begin at the outer edges of the stencil design working toward the center. When stenciling two colors side by side you will notice how easily the two colors can be blended to achieve the desired hand painted look.
What is the dry/cure time when creating with FolkArt Ultra Dye?
Depending on exactly how porous your project surface is, how much dye is applied and how humid your work area is, FolkArt Ultra Dye can dry to the touch within 15 minutes to an hour.
It will take approximately 24 hours before it is totally cured to the surface.
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