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    I use Americana Brand Acrylic Craft paint which states that it is nontoxic for painting. I am curious about using a stain which is also non toxic andsafe for childrens toys.

    I like the old fashioned look that these guys do:
    LARK Wooden Toys & Games

    I've look into Milk Paint and a couple others. They all are extremely expensive for the amount of paint/stain you get.

    My question...what would you guys recommend to use for child safe wood stain?

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    Most stains after they cure are child safe. Shellac is by far the safest although not really a stain as it is all natural. So long as you don't start importing stains from Vietnam and China you should be fine.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Mike is right about shellac. I'm a big proponent of shellac and I tout it's advantages at every opportunity. Folks on the forum probably think I sound like a broken record, but it really is a wonderful finish.

      It's actually used as a food safe clear protective coating for various pills and candies. You can achieve a variety of tones and shades with shellac that can simulate staining without the stain. I apply shellac with a spray gun, by far the easiest, fastest and most effective method. By using different grades and mixing in different ratios, there is quite a range of colorization possible with shellac. By far the broadest range of colors is achievable by mixing your own shellac from flakes, but I've even used the pre-mixed Bulls-Eye shellac, available at the home center, and mixed the amber with the clear to get different tones and shades.

      Brushing shellac is probably the hardest method of application, because it dries extremely fast, but if you are set up to spray, it opens up a lot of possibilities.
      Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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      • #4
        Child safe stains

        Hi everyone,

        I think what it comes down to is durability and non-toxicity when it comes to children's toys. For coloring I am a big proponent for water based wood dyes, probably as much as Bill is for Shellac. They soak into the woods fibers to give more durability, and many are very concentrated colors that are used in the food industry.

        Now obviously, I wouldn't recommend any child suck on wood even if finished with environmentally friendly, non-toxic dyes, basically because it would be a mess to clean up.

        There are some dye kits out there that offer this type of feature. I actually just posted about one fairly inexpensive kit, that produces a very high yield of stain for the price, which you can look at if interested, but I think what it comes down to is the sealers durability.

        I think Water Dyes are the safest, but need to have a durable shellac sealing the wood so the child doesn't crack it open and start to lick whatever stain is underneath.

        Thanks,
        Kam

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