Why is stained wood so hard to match?


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Are you planning to stain and finish new exterior and interior doors, trim, built in cabinets, home libraries, stair treads or kitchen cabinets?  Are you trying to match colors? Let us help clear the air on interior staining and finishing. 

As we all know paint can be matched by presenting a color chip to the home improvement or paint store. This is not so with most dyes and wiping stains. Stain colors can darken from the same can on the same wood sample, simply by changing a wood sandpaper grade from P220 to P150.

There are also some new challenges with the new colors coming into vogue. Common stains that you wipe on, along with brush on colored polyurethanes, cannot achieve the desired effects to match a prefinished floor.

Prefinished floors, often made from foreign woods, are often mislabeled with the name of maple, oak, cherry or mahogany. They name the wood by the color of stain applied and not by the actual species of wood.

When you are installing wooden treads to your staircase, it may very well be that you have to purchase a completely different wood species than your pre-finished floor claims to be. This is why your newly finished wooden treads may not match your prefinished floor(s). Keep this in mind while selecting stair treads to match the rest of the home. This example is the same for many modern pieces of furniture.

The secret is that prefinished floor manufacturers are using modern staining procedures to obtain their desired look. That is why the old style floor finishing techniques are out of touch with the new style color shades.
Some painting contractors often apply layers of pigmented oil based wiping stain on top of each other to make the desired match. It usually fails to even come close. This old style staining technique, will cause the final product to loose depth and appear cloudy or muddy once the clear coats are applied. If this happens, the finish will need to be stripped off. 
After stripping and sanding, the proper dyes and stains must be applied. Our point is: off the shelf stains and brush on polyurethanes from your local hardware and paintstore, do not produce furniture grade colors nor finishes. You must get a knowledgeable individual, experienced in all aspects of onsite finishing, an expert with a deep furniture refinishing background.
Our wood finishers David, Joseph, and John Erickson have all taken stain color certification classes and are experienced with thousands of hours of making custom colored dyes and stains in hundreds of combinations for furniture related jobs. Their clear factory finishes show off the desired depth and color of the wood. They love wood finishing and know how to make the richest interior wood finishes. They love to match all types of color finishes more than anyone in the local Louisville area. 
Contact us, for your wood entry door(s), kitchen refinishing, church pew restoration or any other finishing need. We are more then willing to help you. Get it done right: call the Wood Doctors 502-599-0020.
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