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Old 01-26-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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We had our floors "polyurethaned" about 7 years ago(getting them done again soon) and then we had the ledge in our foyer done along with the wood(don't know what it is called) the railing gets mounted. Well when the new wood was stained we could not get it to match the floor. As you can see the floor is more like a yellow and the wood darker. Any ideas on how I can get the wood to match our floor or closer at least? Can I try to add another stain color. I think the stain that my friend used(he since has moved) is from Minwax and is Colonial Maple as I just checked in my garage. Thanks very much
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The floor is natural----no stain--just oil based poly--which is amber colored----

You put an orange stain ?(Minwax colonial maple---and perhaps a water based poly? Which ,if I'm correct, is a ix that will not yellow like oil poly---it has a UV blocker that slows the natural darkening of the wood.

You will need to tint some oil based poly with artists oils and do a thin wash coat or the correct color--This process is rather difficult to pull off without some practice.

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Mike is absolutely right. The floor is oil poly with no stain. So to get a match just sand and finish the railing with an oil based poly. Looks like a satin sheen, but maybe hard to tell from the pics.

Of if you want the floor to match the railing, just sand and refinish the floor using the stain and finish that was used on the railing.

You will want to be sure to sand down to the bare wood. You will not get a close match any other way.

Some of the color of oil poly comes with time, so it may not be an exact match right away, but it will be after 6 months or so.
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The floor is natural----no stain--just oil based poly--which is amber colored----

You put an orange stain ?(Minwax colonial maple---and perhaps a water based poly? Which ,if I'm correct, is a ix that will not yellow like oil poly---it has a UV blocker that slows the natural darkening of the wood.

You will need to tint some oil based poly with artists oils and do a thin wash coat or the correct color--This process is rather difficult to pull off without some practice.
Yes, it is orangy...Colonial maple stain is what we used. No other way to do it? Do appreciate the advice Mike. TY
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Of if you want the floor to match the railing, just sand and refinish the floor using the stain and finish that was used on the railing.

You will want to be sure to sand down to the bare wood. You will not get a close match any other way.

Some of the color of oil poly comes with time, so it may not be an exact match right away, but it will be after 6 months or so.

This is the best way-----

If you want to change the color without stripping---you will need to add color to poly and 'top coat' it---this is a risky job---I've done it---but it's tough---not to mention time consuming and expensive--the artists oils are not cheap.
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This is the best way-----

If you want to change the color without stripping---you will need to add color to poly and 'top coat' it---this is a risky job---I've done it---but it's tough---not to mention time consuming and expensive--the artists oils are not cheap.
sh&$!!!!!! Thanks a lot though....for your advice

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