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Old 07-10-2015, 09:04 AM   #21
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The hard part with wood finishes, especially on stuff like this, is that you don't have anywhere to try it out to see how close a match is. If you try it on another board, even the same species, it won't have the same character, it will drink the stain at different rates, it will have aged differently, etc. So even if you managed to get a piece looking exactly like the rest of the window sills in the shop, if you go back on the job and use your solution on the old wood it might not come out the same. If you just try things on the stool until you find something that works, you could sand right through it before you get there. But I digress, as I'm not being much help so far.

It does look like a pickling stain to me from the image, so that sounds like a great place to start.
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why not buy a stain thats nearly right, buy red, blue and yellow tinting paste, and try it somewhere inconspicuous.
Nothing ready made is gonna be spot-on.

You usually can rub it off again with thinner/water provided your woods not too absorbant.

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One of the BM brands (Lenmar, I think?) makes a stain like that which you can custom color that might get close to that with some work. Depends on how good of an eye for color you have, though.
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The hard part with wood finishes, especially on stuff like this, is that you don't have anywhere to try it out to see how close a match is. If you try it on another board, even the same species, it won't have the same character, it will drink the stain at different rates, it will have aged differently, etc. So even if you managed to get a piece looking exactly like the rest of the window sills in the shop, if you go back on the job and use your solution on the old wood it might not come out the same. If you just try things on the stool until you find something that works, you could sand right through it before you get there. But I digress, as I'm not being much help so far.

It does look like a pickling stain to me from the image, so that sounds like a great place to start.
I agree that it looks pickled.

My OPINION is that because wood will always have natural variations in color and tone and since he will be doing the whole separate piece (the window stool) and not trying to patch in a small area, that "close enough" will be in fact perfect.

My trouble in matching stains has always been obsessing in exactly matching two different pieces of wood. I remember the aggravation I went through trying to match exactly the pine bed molding I installed to the face frames of our oak kitch cabs. I continued to focus on the difference until on of my painter buddies commented on how really good I had gotten it.

Also, the stool will always be hit by different lighting than the other elements. The eye will not catch a small variance. Like coming out of a corner with a different batch number of paint or wallpaper. The eye reads it as a lighting difference.

The natural variations of wood and lighting can work FOR us at times.



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.. . . At this point I've accepted that I'll probably have to sand and re-stain. Biggest problem is I have NO idea how they got that light green "wash" look to it. Way above my skill level right now. Maybe I need to start a new thread...
Light green, you say? Probably was poplar. Don't worry, no matter what color you stain it, it will be green.
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