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03-06-2018 06:15 PM

Hi, I was wondering what color stain (preferably a paint pen) this was.

Thanks !

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 09:45 PM

Gray? It could be anything… there’s not much to go on in those pictures.

Or are you talking about the color of the wood? Looks like natural pine to me, not going to get that with a stain I don’t think.

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 09:47 PM

How would I get the color of the wood ?

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 10:02 PM

Buy a couple of stains lighter and darker and play with it.

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#6 posted 03-06-2018 10:05 PM

Sand the whole bat down to bare wood and stain it with whatever color you want.
Looks like the bat may have originally been a walnut color.

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#7 posted 03-06-2018 10:09 PM

So because i saw the other post, this is the bat with the broken handle and the top pic looks like you have now repaired the break.

You’ll need to give some additional details on what you did to fix it.

That bat looks like it was not stained and was probably just sealed with something originally. If that dark streak is a glue squeezed out of a small crack, you should just be able to sand it back to get most of the dark color off.

If however, that is filler in a larger crack and you have already sanded it back, then I don’t think there is any practical way to lighten the color without painting over it. But I’m not sure you’ll find a paint to match what you want.

You could potentially mark out an area and take off say a few millimeters deep with a knife and use a lighter pine filler to try and hide the darker filler.

Giving a little more information about what you’re trying to do will get more responses. It’s not obvious to someone seeing this thread and who didn’t see the other thread about fixing the bat which of the two colors in the picture you actually want to end up with, the darker one or the lighter one.


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#8 posted 03-06-2018 10:26 PM

Both pictures show the bat with the large crack. If you repaired the bat and the crack wasn’t there anymore what would need to be stained? You’ll never get an answer to your question about a specific color given the differences if everyone’s computer hardware. Like Jack said, buy a few stains and try out on a spare piece of wood. Aren’t most baseball bats made out of ash?

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 11:19 PM

I don’t think it has a wood stain at all. Looking at the larger picture in your earlier post about fixing it, it looks to me like the handle is discolor from use by resin used to improve the grip and the business end of the bat may be darkened using a torch to scorch the wood. They then probably just used a clear varnish to seal it (after scorching). White ash is the traditional wood used to make bats.

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#10 posted 03-06-2018 11:36 PM

Okay, not sure what the point of this exercise is… Finishing?

Certainly the bat is compromised and will never properly function as a bat again.

If this is Sammy Sosa’s bat and going into a trophy case, I would leave it in the original broken condition.

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#11 posted 03-07-2018 01:34 AM

Hi, I was wondering what color stain (preferably a paint pen) this was.

Thanks !

- tjm5711

If you really want a consumer “paint pen” solution to match a stain color, suggest you find a local Mohawk dealer?
Mohawk carries a full line of different types of finish repair pens. At a local dealer, with object to match in hand, they can probably help find closest color match.

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#12 posted 03-07-2018 05:13 AM

From what I see, (a grayish color) it looks like a stain I once used from Ikea … a long time ago!
I believe I still have a pint.

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 05:45 PM

Tjm – in your first post “how to fix this” you show photos of the broken bat
that you say is a game used piece and you want to make a wall hanger out of it.
have your plans changed ???

from my perspective – I agree with the good folks above: now that you have repaired it,
sand it all down to bare wood and refinish. the big end part appears to be burned by a torch
to accent the grain (which is a common practice) and the gripping part is natural wood color – not stained.
personally, I think you are way over thinking this.
if you want the original patina back, sand down to bare wood and lightly burn the big end.
clearcoat with your favorite finish and hang it on the wall.

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