Hi all, My first post but I've been lurking for quite a while. First, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this form. This place is a wealth of information, so much so that I've never felt the need to post because I could find answers to my questions by searching. OK, on to the business of sunbursts. I am building a Les Paul replica and am trying to do an ice tea burst by using Lockwood aniline dyes and fading it in the sun. I have started doing some test strips and have found that after they have been in the sun for about 4 to 5 hours they actually get darker. It is almost like the wood is getting a sun tan where the yellow gets darker. The red loses some of the bright red but turns a darker brown / red. Check out these test strips, the left side had tape over it to protect it from the sun. Here is what I have done for the test strip and as far as mixing the shaders. The paint stir sticks are light colored wood, pretty hard but not sure what it is. I sprayed them with a heavy coat of lacquer to seal them. I mixed the Lockwood Alcohol Dyes (Cherry Red #179, Royal Blue #6533, Lemon Yellow #2350, Maple Brown #173) as they recommend: 75% alcohol, 25% acetone, 16 to 1 dye powder. This makes a very strong dye. For the yellow shader, I diluted the dye by 50% with alcohol / acetone and added some lacquer, 6 to 1. I sprayed a couple of coats till it got to the color I liked, then sprayed a coat of lacquer. For the red, I diluted the cherry red by 20% with alcohol / acetone, and added some lacquer. I sprayed the red and then sprayed a coat of lacquer. I then added a small amount of blue, about 40 to 1 into the previous mixture and sprayed the second burst on the paint stick followed by a coat of lacquer. After spraying the shaders and letting them dry, they would be very dull and flat looking. After spraying a coat of lacquer over the shader, they would get glossy brighten up and the yellow got a amber tint to it (?). Does anyone know what is going on or what am I doing wrong? Duane.