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Old 02-27-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Stain Color


I'll start by saying I am a complete newbie at staining.

I have some unstained pine doors very similar to the one below.

Any ideas what color of stain this is(Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards).
Is this some sort of semi-transparent stain, or perhaps just 1 coat?

Any help/tips are much appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: Stain Color


No idea, you will have to test on some pine scrap.

Try samples of Minwax Golden oak, Ipswich Pine, Puritan Pine. Driftwood might be a little dark.

http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/
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Old 02-28-2018, 04:48 AM   #3
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Golden oak was my first thought. Most stain charts show examples of the stain applied both to oak and pine - that is where I'd start.
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As far as interior stains, they are all semitransparent, one coated and wiped off.
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Computer screens are useless for matching colors. Everybody is seeing something different. Do some trial and error on scrap pine like @XSleeper suggested. A little practice is probably good for you anyhow. A few bucks well spent. If you wind up not using a can, put that up on the Internet for free. Maybe somebody else needs that exact color (or isn't so fussy). You don't need a rusty can of toxic waste sitting in your basement for the next decade.
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The best thing to do, would be to remove a small piece of base, and take it to a paint store, and have them either figure it out, or match it.
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What Woodco said. Usually a good paint store has someone on staff who's seen it all and usually can come up with a match in pretty short order.........my local SW store has a guy who's been doing it for 20 years and he's always spot on with his matches.
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When bringing a sample to the paint store it's best to also bring a scrap piece of wood for them to test the stain on. The wood needs to be the same type as what you will be applying the stain to.
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Just to emphasize - stain is not paint; you don't use multiple coats. Stain works by being absorbed into the wood and after the first coat, the would is pretty much sealed against this.
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