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Uncle Ben
12-14-2009, 10:28 AM
I'm in need of a custom painter who mixes their own stains. I put in a new hand rail and I have exhausted my search of all commercial stains available to match the existing railing. Any ideas? BTW I cannot remove anything without major work to take it in for matching.

farnhamstj
12-14-2009, 11:47 AM
Select a brand of stain that you like. mix a couple on your own to make 5 different shades. and test on a scrap and less visible area. Pick the one you like and go for it. Stain usually dries a little lighter. It's on wood. You will never match 100% due to variations in the wood structure. Your sealer may also change the color slightly.

Red_Chili
12-14-2009, 12:04 PM
One word, UB. The solution for so many things in life.

Rattlecan.

The other solution is 'beat to fit, paint to match'. Works on sooooo many levels.

Uncle Ben
12-14-2009, 12:14 PM
Select a brand of stain that you like. mix a couple on your own to make 5 different shades. and test on a scrap and less visible area. Pick the one you like and go for it. Stain usually dries a little lighter. It's on wood. You will never match 100% due to variations in the wood structure. Your sealer may also change the color slightly.

Been there done that! We had all the stains custom matched when we built this home and now we are paying for it. The new rail connects to an existing rail so fairly close is not an option. Thanks

Blackdiamond72
12-14-2009, 05:25 PM
Do you have a lot of wood already stained? If not, sand and stain it all one color. I am currently having my hardwood floors sanded and stained, it was futile to find something that closely matched my surrounding floors so I am having them all done. It sucks but the end result will be better.

jacdaw
12-14-2009, 05:45 PM
How much wood do you have to stain? You might think this is silly, but I'm an amateur luthier and I use Stewart MacDonald (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supplies/Colors,_tints,_and_stains/ColorTone_Concentrated_Liquid_Stain.html) for guitar stain colors. If you can't find a contractor to help, you can find your color after a bit o trial and error.:thumb:

Uncle Ben
12-14-2009, 06:25 PM
How much wood do you have to stain? You might think this is silly, but I'm an amateur luthier and I use Stewart MacDonald (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supplies/Colors,_tints,_and_stains/ColorTone_Concentrated_Liquid_Stain.html) for guitar stain colors. If you can't find a contractor to help, you can find your color after a bit o trial and error.:thumb:

That might be the perfect answer! I can get semi close and since that is mixable I might be able to get close enough! Is there a vendor for that in our neck of the woods?

Uncle Ben
12-14-2009, 06:26 PM
Do you have a lot of wood already stained? If not, sand and stain it all one color. I am currently having my hardwood floors sanded and stained, it was futile to find something that closely matched my surrounding floors so I am having them all done. It sucks but the end result will be better.

Yes, I do have quite a bit that is finish already....enough to make me definately NOT want to refinish it all! Thanks!

jacdaw
12-14-2009, 06:27 PM
Not sure of a local vendor. You could ask my friend Bruce (or the owner Steve) at Wildwood Guitars on Main St. across from Vic's and Waterloo Icehouse.

Woodsongs on Pearl between 30th and Target, across from the new Barnes and Noble, orders a lot from StewMac and might have some. Go upstairs to the repair shop. Stairwell is on the outside of the building.