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Help with matching a stain

by bbsherman
posted 07-08-2017 11:04 PM

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 02:37 AM

You may want to use the Stain Finisher’s Color Wheel by Mohawk. You select the color on the wheel nearest to your existing color. You now have a starting point for obtaining the color you desire. You will have some tweaking to do based on the wood color and other variables.

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 02:40 AM

What pound cut of shellac? Could it just have been too heavy and sealed the wood too well for the oil to penetrate?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 02:37 PM

The color wheel is something I hadn’t seen before—thank you wuddoc—I’ll check it out.

RichTaylor – I did wonder about the shellac. I mixed it myself and eyeballed it but I aimed for 1lb cut at most. But I tried an un-shellaced piece of pine and got the same result. I also wondered if I didn’t mix the Danish Oil well enough, but more shaking and I still got that level of stain.

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 06:21 PM

Well, looks like you can’t sand off even one coat of Watco without gumming up sandpaper. It doesn’t look like there is much varnish on there, but I guess there is. Since I don’t want to chemically strip, a cabinet scraper seems to be doing a good job of getting me back to bare wood except for the corners and crannies.

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 05:58 PM

Went back and sanded/scraped off the danish oil on the one one piece I had treated. Picked up a Minwax stain and stained the whole unit and it came out just as I had hoped color-wise. Though in retrospect I would probably do a water or alcohol stain in the future on something like this.

I debated way too much about what to finish the piece with—I didn’t want to invest a lot of time in this basic, rustic pine unit. I ended up mixing in 1/4 satin poly to 3/4 of the Watco danish oil for a wiping varnish with more solids. It worked out very nice. It didn’t darken the existing color at all. One coat looked great for the side pieces. Two coats (and maybe 3) on the top of the shelves that will see more wear and tear. Overall, very happy with this as a simple, quick method to get good results.

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