Need help matching color on project to hardwood floor color ??

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Forum topic by QueensFinest posted 11-02-2017 12:52 PM 1415 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2017 12:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jatoba color veneer help finishing counter question

Im working on a counter and desktop thats veneered in Jatoba and looking to come close in color to the existing hardwood floor . Not sure what stain/dye etc to use ? The hardwood floor is Brazillian cherry .The finish on the box says Coral. Doesnt seem like any coral iv seen though as its not pink. Its a fireish red/orange. Pics below.

What color finish should i use? Dye? Stain? Gelstain? I will also need a grain filler so i can get a smooth surface.

It doesnt need to be perfect match but as close as i can get.

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#1 posted 11-02-2017 01:00 PM

General finishes Empire Red or Antique Cherry water based dye. #6003 REDDISH BROWN TransTint dye.
May mix with the adjacent colors for full match.

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#2 posted 11-02-2017 01:34 PM

I agree with Carlos

We have a color we use alot on cherry to mimic naturally aged cherry that looks alot like this , its 2 parts general finish Cinnamon dye stain and 1 part light brown dye stain.. It looks identical , ut computer screens can be difficult .
mix a very small amount and adjust to suit.

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#3 posted 11-02-2017 02:38 PM

I just went through this same thing trying to match a stair handrail to my hardwood floors.

The problem is, the colors in your pics will look different on every different computer monitor than it does in real life, so it’s impossible for us to match or suggest a match based on a photograph. Carloz and Charles have it right. A custom mix is the best way to get close to the color you’re looking for. Make plenty of extra or keep copious recipe notes for use on potential future projects.

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#4 posted 11-02-2017 05:56 PM

Yea i know its hard to judge accurately when looking at a computer screen. I have used Reddish brown transtint dye before and its too brown for this project. This wood is more like a burnt pumpkinish reddish color. I just dont want to buy any dyes or stains that for sure wont match. Do you think i can acheive this color with a stain or should i be looking only at dyes? Iwas looking at transtint red mahogany maybe mixed with a little reddish brown.

Also what grain filler should i use?

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#5 posted 11-02-2017 06:02 PM

Id think that dyes would be easier to manipulate than stain. In my limited experience they dont penetrate as deep.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 11-02-2017 06:08 PM

I agree there. Iv always had much better luck with dyes to acheive deep color. Im not a pro though and if a stain could acheive what im looking for im open to trying it

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