Originally Posted by rjordan392
Do the pro's have to do the same and mix two stains to get the desired result?
Matching stains is nothing like paints, where a color will look the same regardless of substrate
Getting the right stain look is often trial and error, on the specific wood and even age of wood, and even on the same batch
Stain can look different even on different parts of the same piece of wood
Sometimes the match may involve dying the wood before staining, or using an amber shellac after staining
Sometimes it involves a wipe-on/wipe-off of one, then a brush-on/let sit for X amount of time/wipe-off of the same or even another color stain
Sometimes a specific mix of stains, and/or a specific dwell time or application technique is required
Most quality pros experienced in stain matching will have to do a number of mixes before getting the right match, and will have an arsenal of 1/2 pints to mix together to get there
Even then, they only might get "as close as possible"
Chances of getting an actual match from a Stain Brochure are very slim indeed