need to darken stain


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Old 05-29-05, 01:01 AM
rilee
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Question need to darken stain

We just purchased a new front door for our 100-year-old house. The door is fir and came unfinished. We would like to stain it dark so it will blend with the woodwork & floors in the foyer.
I sanded the door and used wood conditioner and a Minwax stain called Aged Oak. It turned out way lighter than we need. (Nothing like the picture!)
I then went over it with Dark Walnut stain. That only darkened it a couple of shades.
What can I do to get this door to darken to a deep rich brown?
Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 05-29-05, 09:23 AM
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Try using a colored poly, each coat will be darker than the last. Be sure you apply it evenly. If you need to drasticly darken the door you will need to strip the stain and start over. Once you put 1 coat of stain on wood it is hard for it to take more stain which is why the dark walnut didn't help much.
 
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Old 05-30-05, 10:02 AM
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Thanks for the advice. If I were to strip it and start over, what could I do to make the stain darker. Last time, the "Aged Oak", which looked quite dark on the sample, came out very light, thus beginning my problem.

I'm really hesitant to use the poly because the door has 8 panels, and that's a lot of inside corners that I'd have to do without letting it well up. Also, if I untimately decide to used the poly, would I still finish with Spar Urethane, or will the poly have enough protective in it? It is a front door under a porch and behind a storm door, so it's not directly exposed to sun or water.
 
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Old 05-30-05, 11:22 AM
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You would need to start with a darker stain. Stains can be darkened but it is not something most people can do.

If you use colored poly the easiest way to make it come out right would be to coat the panels first [careful not to go past the panels] then apply the poly to flat part of the door. Colored poly is the consistency of regular poly and not thin like the stain.

Even though the door is protected it is still wise to use a spar finish for the top coat.
 
 

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