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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2006, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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dying wood

No, my drift wood isn't dying, but I would like to dye it. If you're confused, I'm just wondering what's the best possible way to giving drift wood a darker color.
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Short of coating it with colored resin I'm not sure you can dye driftwood/bogwood. Any dye that wouldn't be toxic (oil-based) would certainly leach out when placed under water.

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that's what i figured, i really like the branching of manzanita but I like the darker woods.
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I had the same ideal a few years ago, tried mult. kinds of dye. I got every thing from colored water to dead fish.


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hmmm well in that case, anyone know of any wood types that are black and have the branchy tree appearance that manzanita branches have?
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If your wood looks too bright and new you can "age" it by boiling along with a generous dose of baking soda.

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I'll have to give that a try, thanks for the advice.
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It will turn darker with age, I manzanita in my tanks and it stayed the light color only for a few weeks, its now a nice brown color


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