I'm trying to match some existing fir stair treads. I have tried four different stains at this point and had sherwin make one as a guestimate as well. I thought I had the color nailed. Let the stain dry for an hour until dry to the touch then applied poly. When I returned a couple days later the treads had faded considerably. I'm wondering what caused this.
was it a: solvents in the stain made the tone look darker ie like when you wipe a floor with mineral spirits
was it b: the stain was not completely absorbed by the wood and continued to be absorbed over time.
was it c: the dry time on the stain was too short and the polyurethane diluted it.
was it d: the stain is photoreactive and the exposure to sunlight caused the stain to lighten and even out.
Or a combination of all 4?
Also, what is your procedure for matching existing work (in this case I'm refinishing the old wood in place, I don't have to make new material match the old)?
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