5 Pro Tips  to Matching Wood Stain

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Hi I'm Scott.

a general contractor in historic home restoration,

a #1 best-selling  Amazon author,

here to show  YOU how  you can  do-it-yourself.

Need to match stain? Follow these 5 pro tips:


Too coarse: darker appearance since there are larger pores.  Too fine: wood that may not even take in the pigments.

Sand to the  Right Grit


Oil-based finishes add an amber color whereas water-based finishes are crystal clear. Which do you want?

know your finish


You have to match both the grain and the sap of the wood to make your color match work.

pick the  right stain


Grab some similar wood samples and test your  stain formula on them.

color  match  samples


You can actually add up to 10% stain to your clear finish to tweak the final results.

tint the top coat

Get my free downloadable ebook for a simple primer on the tips I have found most useful from decades of this kind of work.

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