Is the dye alcohol soluable? If so, shellac will re-activate it, since it is also dissolved in alcohol. Spraying the shellac sounds like the best bet, and make sure it is fully cured before the second dye coat.
Come to think if it, dyes can be used to tint shellac. How about mixing the dye in the shellac, and spraying all at once?
When I got home today I sanded the box to 220 grit. Then I set up my high tech spray booth.
One coat freshly sprayed
Three coats done !
Here's a quick video of how the lid fits.
Giving it to her tomorrow, hope she loves it !
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Thanks Ace !
I put the mixture in a spray bottle, shake and mist it on the surface of the wood pretty liberally. Then rub lightly by hand with the platin pad and wipe off excess with a clean folded white t-shirt rag.
It's easy to try on a test board..you'll see, the results are instant.