How to stain a maple pocket door

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Forum topic by mtappe posted 01-07-2014 07:37 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2014 07:37 PM

Ive been told Maple is hard to stain. I have bought two 3-pannel Maple doors unfinished from MENARDS they will match the shaker style of kitchen cabinets and the kitchen cabinets color is a mahogany red color on Cherry wood.
Any tips on how to get a even finish on the maple doors?? I have not tried anything yet best to research it out and try to educate myself as much as i can before starting project. also any preference on stains or gel stains or even a dye????
Thanks for any help
Marty Tappe

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 11:32 PM

I think if you seal it first you won’t have a hard time getting the stain on, but it is difficult to custom match a new color on different wood, so I think you will definitely have a challenge. I’ve learned to spray transtint dye with a thinned shellac base and which are relatively easy to match colors with practice, but you have got a challenge with probably $800 plus worth of wood that you will definitely want to practice on a “story board” first. I would plan on 8-10 practice attempts to get it right and it may take that many to match the sheen as well on the finish.

If you do find you can’t mix and match what you have to get the right color I would try adding a drop the right color of transtint to your stain on your storyboard piece. Transtint is about $18 for 2oz so its not cheap but I think its worth many bottles if you can correctly match your new doors.

Good Luck

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