Finishing Your Pieces - How to Use Wood Dye for Color

Water based wood stains or dyes for birch plywood laser cut pieces - red, orange, merlot, green, blue, and yellow.

Want to add a pop of color to your laser cut birch plywood pieces? We love using water-based dye and stain to add color to birch! We offer it as one of our finishing services, but if you're a DIYER, you might just want to try it yourself! We like to use General Finishes in our shop, it’s a water based dye.

Water based wood dye for finishing or adding color to laser cut wood or plywood


Wood Dye

220 Grit Sandpaper

Stir Stick

Damp cloth or paper towel

Brush, cloth or roller

STEP ONE: Sand your pieces with 220 grit sandpaper.


STEP TWO: Clean the surface using a damp cloth or compressed air to remove any dust.

STEP THREE: Stir dye and add water if you want to dilute the color - we recommend testing the dye on sample pieces first. If you want a couple sample squares to practice on, just let us know!

STEP FOUR: Apply the dye - you can do this using a cloth, foam or synthetic brush, roller or even spraying it on. For most pieces, we use a foam brush. Try to apply evenly.

Merlot Wood Dye being brushed on a laser cut wood square.

STEP FIVE: Let dry for about 2 hours and apply another coat (if necessary) The nice thing about dyes is that you can build up layers of color for more intensity.

STEP SIX: Finish with a clear top coat to seal in color. We prefer to use spray top coats!