Will Gunstock oak darken?


Old 07-20-05, 11:21 AM
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Will Gunstock oak darken?


I just recieved my shipment of hardwood. I ordered Gunstock oak off the sample in a showroom. The sample was nice and dark redish. I looked at some pieces that were delivered today and they are a lot lighter than the sample was. I was told it would darken over time. Is this true? How much darken can I expect it to get? Currently the color is about as dark as the darkest part of my Red Oak #1.

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Old 07-20-05, 02:07 PM
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It all depends...

Yes and no.

All wood is UV sensitive, some more then other species. Oak is pretty good about not changing too much, but with stain, I have seen the stain be effected.
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Not all boards take stain the same due to variations in graining and density of cellular structure among boards. Because of UV sensitivity, new flooring will tend to vary in color from sample boards that have been in showrooms for a while. Judging an entire floor's appearance based on a showroom sample or a few pieces of wood will not give you a total picture of what you floor will look like when it is down.
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