match old stain

Old 01-29-07, 06:49 AM
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match old stain

I'm working on home circa 1900 with dark stair railing and tread. 2nd floor rail in great shape and prefer not to mess with. What can I use to give me an opaque finish to match upper (open stair). I've redone stair tread already it's beautiful but you can see the grain which will not work for rail. Thanks for any advise you have!
Old 01-29-07, 07:36 AM
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I usually stain it the best I can and then add color to the sealer/poly to finish the staining process. Often this can be done by adding some of the pigments from the bottom of the [unstirred] stain can to some sealer/poly. You can also buy polyshades - tinted poly by minwax. Always use clear poly/varnish for the final coat - protects the color so it won't wear away.

It is always best to practice on scrap wood first to make sure you get the effect you want.

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