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Old 12-10-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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I have a new headboard that is pine, it it stained already and I would like to stain it a darker color, so it can match the footboard and side rails. Can I sand it down, and restain it? I purchashed a bedroom set, the headboard came a different color, and Levitz went bankrupt!!! They told me not to expect anything, they sold there inventory as well.

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Old 12-10-2007, 05:23 PM   #2
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you can sand it but it a lot of work, they make tinted polys not that will let you get the color darker with having to remove the old finish. Never done it myself but it goes on the same as regular poly so its not hard

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Old 12-10-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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Don't sand it. Just use a tinted poly if the piece already has varnish on it, or another stain, then varnish, if the piece is only stained (couldn't tell from your description).
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:30 PM   #4
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It's varnished. What it is, I purchashed a headboard, footboard and side rails for my bed. Got the delievery, and the guys flew out. When I started openning the boxes realized they gave me the wrong color headboard.Got a pine finish, should have been a dark chocolate finish. Called Levitz and they won't respond, the bastards went Bankrupt. So I am stuck and will be doing a charge back with my credit card!!
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Its kind of strange that they would use a varnish on a new piece of furniture they usually use tinted, sprayed laquers because it is fast and dries almost instantly. I would try to have it dipped by a reputable refinisher and then you can start from scratch, you might even want to have the whole bed dipped so it will come out the same color, I use bartleys gel varnish for refinishing which can be tinted, it is almost foolproof. The stripper can probably give you some good advice too
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:57 PM   #6
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Okay, my bad. Maybe its not varnish, I really meant it has a finish on it. The finish is like a walnut, and I need to get it darker. Here's a picture of the color I need to get it too. Thanks guys, I'll wait for more suggestions.
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Hi guys, waiting for more suggestions, Thanks
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Try the minwax polyshades.
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How can I tell if it has a lacquer finish? Polyshades states not to use on surface that has had a lacquer or shellac finish.
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If you're disputing the charge and getting the bed for free, then do yourself a favor and spend a quarter of the money you get back to just have a professional finisher fix the problem. Give them the bed, and give them the piece you want it to match, and let them do it the way they want to.

If you're not experienced with finishing, I doubt you'll end up with a result you're happy with.
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You will never get the stain to match unless you strip and sand every piece of wood and start from the raw wood stage.
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