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I just finished a project dying hard Maple blue; crazy... It does soak in... reasonably far in the curl, but the 'flat' grain barely takes it in. Any scraping or sanding will go through it. Now maybe if you really soak your inlay you'll get enough; that I can't guess how it would turn out.

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In general you want to avoid sanding after dying if possible. That's why you raise the grain and sand before applying a water based dye. If your inlay sits at all proud you're likely to sand through some dye at best. It might be worth experimenting a bit - even soaking some sample pieces (ideally in an alcohol-based dye solution) and maybe you can get it to soak deeply enough to sand without discoloring.

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