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Old 05-12-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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I replaced a portion of rotten pine logs on this home and I used the same stain on it as is on the house but because the logs on the house are weathered and the new ones are not it isn't matching up very good. Anybody have any advice on how to get the stain to match on the new logs so everything look unified?
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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It's called "patina", and only time/nature can has it.
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shame it is right over the entryway...





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Been there done that. Typically I tell my customers to use different colors of stain, other than the original that was used. Since there is multiple coats on the existing ( im assuming) and the natural "aging", might require a coat or two of another darker color so that it blends in better. If you have some scraps left play around a bit with darker colors.

On a side note, what you did looks nice.....the rest of the home needs to be redone IMO, from judging by the photo.
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Contact SikkensNA.com
I'm sure this is right up their alley
They are tops for log home coatings and stains
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Not trying to be a d!ck but you probably should have considered that before you stained everything.Did you think it would match??
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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Matching a stain to a patina never works...it is what it is, and everyone involved needs to accept it.
If this outcome was not discussed before work began, then what aron61 said.
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We colour match stains on about 20% of our interior jobs. Most have stain left over and of those who do, only about 10% of those stains still match the old existing stains.

Like others have said, You should have thought of this before finishing these logs. Now you will just be covering these logs with another product, where if you had thought of this first you could have penetrated them with the right colour. Maybe try to sell them on blasting the whole dwelling and start from new, as NC said, it does look like it needs it. Good luck.
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Could be a great opportunity for an up-sell!!!!!
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Nice job on the replacements. The stain was a big swing and a miss. That was totally do-able. Welcome to painttalk.



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Old 05-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #11
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i see a great opportunity to make $$$$.

what material did you use?
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Very nice repair work! This could be a perfect up-sell! That place is way more than ready for a complete strip & re-satin. There is no quick fix or making it match when its been neglected like that. Log homes are constant maintenance projects & yearly upkeep is mandatory, just like owning a boat. This is a perfect example of what happens when it is let go. Btw, if your not experienced in log hm refinishing, Id pass on bidding the project, something this size isn't a great place to get on the job training. Its definitely NOT a inexpensive process..JMHO..

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Get the propane torch out and make your own patina. LOL!!!!
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Saw same situation very similar to this the other day. Much like WisePainter said, the patina has aged and the original stain contained in the can has not had the effects of weathering and prolonged UV exposure that the stain on the log home or the wood itself has. In our situation, we just matched the existing color to the new cedar. Obviously this involves bringing in sample wood of what youre working with, but ensures a higher quality stain match. Probably wasn't absolutely spot on, but it worked for our situation.
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