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Can HD color match wood stain?

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Posted 2014-01-10T16:37:46+0000  by Tjarbanas Tjarbanas




Solid hide house stains and  paints can be matched on the HD computerized color match machine. Unfortunately, semi-transparent or transparent stains cannot be so matched.


In the case of interior stains, the best course is actually to blend stock stains until the correct color is reached. Unfortuantely, Home Depot is not set up to do this. Also, every type wood has its own coloration and graining which affects the final appearance. It is always best to have scrap wood from the project to be stained to test its actual appearance.


As a painting contractor, establishing stain color was one of my least favoirte tasks. It would consumn considerable time before the actually staining could commence. Frequently, new pine windows would be trimmed in oak and then two separate stains would have to be established to make the different woods appear the same.


Hope this has helped.

Posted 2014-01-10T17:10:34+0000  by ordjen

Great Question Tjarbanas!


Ordjen clearly covered the idea that solid-color stain can be matched and semi-transparent cannot.


The best practice for homeowners or contractors is to remove a piece of siding and/or trim and bring them to The Paint Pit.


This will take the guess work out of determining which type stain you have.


Your Paint Associate will also be better able to make suggestions relying upon a high-quality example.


In addition, we can now mix half-pint samples of both solid color and semi-transparent stain.


This inexpensive sample will allow you to verify the color or select a new coating and color.



As wood ages, it is very common to move from semi-transparent stain toward solid-color stain.


The denser product covers imperfections on the surface and actually has a much longer life; ten-years max life for solid-color versus six-year max life for semi-transparent.



Bringing a high-quality sample of your existing stain to The Paint Pit is an excellent starting point!

Posted 2014-01-23T15:30:13+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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