Matching a paint color to a stain color?


Old 12-12-15, 04:58 AM
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Matching a paint color to a stain color?

I have a little bit of a paint matching dilemma. I have two doors in a room that I would like to get the same color.
  1. Door #1 - solid birch wood door that will be stained with an oil-based stain
  2. Door #2 - Steel door that needs to match Door #1

How do I do this? Can I just apply the same stain that is used on the wood door to the steel door? Or do I need to buy a different type of paint for the steel door? I just want to match the colors of the doors so they appear the same color.
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Old 12-12-15, 05:09 AM
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You can't really match the paint to the stain color, you need to get a paint color that is close or matches the most prominent color in the stained wood ..... or faux paint the metal to resemble a wood door. Wood stain doesn't work/look well on steel.
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Why not just paint both of them, then they would match.
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Yeah, painting both doors the same color was initially the route I thought about taking, but the decision maker is sold on using her spectacular oil based stain on the wood door. I cannot convince her otherwise.
Old 12-12-15, 08:38 AM
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This takes some artistry. As Mark said, faux painting would work. Prime and apply a base coat of paint that closely matches the door. Apply a gel stain with a graining tool, available everywhere. Finish with a clear coat.
I live in a big city with many paint stores. There's only one place I go for color matching, Sherwin Williams. It's not available at every store here, but they have visually matched and mixed stain for me with amazing results.

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