Anyway to take in a stair tread for a stain match? Not sure how they are anchored, nailed or screwed in place.
Situations like this makes me appreciate my General Finishes RTM color box. Has ~300 stain chips on both oak and maple, so I can pick one that's close. Take it in to Sherwin and get a stain match...then be ready to rock and roll.
Good scuff sand and cleaning. Mask everything off. Some BAC wiping stain + hvlp = job done.
Test to see if it's lacquered or what kind of top coat it might have on it.
Lacquer: If it dissolves the finish, it's lacquer.
D. Alcohol: Softens or dissolves, shellac based finish.
Xylene: Softens or dissolves, waterbased finish.
Nothing works, generally unknown in which case varnishes tend to work for unknown fairly well.
If it doesn't want to match, you could always convince them to paint it white. At least it'd match the skirt and risers.
I'd hate to get stuck on something like this trying to make already-finished oak look like newly finished walnut. Not saying it's impossible...just difficult. The best solution would have been to replace the rails and balusters with the appropriate wood.
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