Raising the fuzz is a better name for what happens.
If you are going to use a water based dye you must first pre dampen the wood
then let it dry. By wetting the grain is raised. You do NOT sand the wood
till it has dried. When the wood has dried it shrinks back and leaves
severed wood strands standing proud of the surface. This is what you want to
You remove it by LIGHTLY sanding or scraping the fuzz off. Not by heavily
sanding the piece again. If you do heavily sand you are creating a self
propagating problem by severing more strands of wood.
Once you have done that correctly the application of the dye should go just
On a further note it has been my experience that pre dampening is not
necessary for undyed water based finishes. Just apply the first coat, let it
dry, then scuff sand off any fuzz that remains standing.
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