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Old 03-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Wanting to apply a Maple stain to a door in my home. The door has a walnut veneer and a darker color. Any tips to keep in mind? Also, any product recommendations?

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Here's a pic of the door. I'm taking from a commercial office building.


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Going to have to sand it down to bare wood to get the old stain off.
A lighter stain is not going to cover over a dark one.
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Stain by definition goes down into the wood, you will have to sand the he** out of it to get to the point of making it lighter.
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Stain by definition goes down into the wood, you will have to sand the he** out of it to get to the point of making it lighter.
You could try bleaching it but you risk discoloration after you have sanded. It is very hard to even think about replacing a nice wood grained stain with a lighter one. You might play with some gel stains to see if the effect comes close to what you are after. Some have opacity to them that may cover darker stain in the grain---to a point.

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Um, that looks like faux-wood formica to me on the faces. I don't think it's real wood. Would make sense on a restroom door.
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You could try bleaching it but you risk discoloration after you have sanded. It is very hard to even think about replacing a nice wood grained stain with a lighter one. You might play with some gel stains to see if the effect comes close to what you are after. Some have opacity to them that may cover darker stain in the grain---to a point.[/QUOTE]

What about going to a dark Cherry?
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Um, that looks like faux-wood formica to me on the faces. I don't think it's real wood. Would make sense on a restroom door.
I am in the pool suggesting that a laminate door. But the OP posted a pic of what looks like wood trim right after the door. I guess I am confused because I do not see it as dark walnut stained.

I should know better but am guessing he has real wood trim but wants it the color of the door he sent us?
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That's the edge of the door. It's a particle core wood commercial door with plastic laminate faces and solid hardwoodwood edge strip. Or at least, that's what it looks like to me.
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If it were me and I HAD to have that door..... I'd go buy a "door skin" and glue it to the door and stain it any color I wanted. I'm with Ironlight on this one.... that's a plastic laminate door.... I'd almost guarantee it.

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OK. Now I get it. I side with putting a new skin on the thing.
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Veneered anything is hardest to change the color of. Veneer is thin....it is a good wood placed over a cheap wood, and sanding it may take you to the cheap wood quicker than you think. Generally, the "good" wood is around 1/8th inch thick. I have attempted this numerous times, and was only successful at it once, and it was only because it was a small piece and I already knew what I was dealing with. I must say I never attempted it on a door of this size, but rather doors on cabinets and a table top. A roll of veneer for is twice as expensive as the door itself, so I don't think that is a viable solution unless this door has some kind of sentimental value.
I can suggest 2 things. try the liquid sandpaper to take off the finish, clean according to directions, and try your stain over the existing stain.Use a medium walnut color, or even Early American, which may give you the color you seem to be looking for considering it is going over another.
I usually judge my projects on thier cost effectiveness. You're looking at 4-6 hours of work, possibly more. It's a veneered door! I could see the work going into a solid wood door, but for me at least, this is not cost effective. Personally, I'd go to my nearest big box store and by a hollow core, veneered door for 25-30 dollars and stain and poly that instead. It will be what you want it to be.
If you want to salvage the door, paint may be your only option.

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