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Forum topic by Vinnie posted 09-08-2009 02:55 PM 2353 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2009 02:55 PM

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Hello, I am replacing some of the tongue and groove pine boards on my ceiling. They are finished with satin poly.
The ceiling was installed in 1986. I need to match the color with the rest of the boards. What can I use to come close to the color?
I need to replace two rows at one end on my ceiling in my family room.

Can someone help? Thank you, Vinnie

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 03:49 PM

Is the pine yellow pine or white pine? I would stick with the same spieces if possible. I would make some test boards and try different finishes and compare. If coloring is an issue, you might consider using aniline dyes to get the color right. It is usually hard to match just by using stains alone.

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 03:59 PM

I have had good luck using amber shellac.

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 04:03 PM

I agree with Sam that this is going to be a challenge to do. Another option would be to use trans tint dyes and I would put them in a shellac base since it dries quickly. I am sure that you will have to prepare a mixture of dyes since you are working with (1) aged pine which takes on a yellow to brownish cast and (2) poly which changes to an amber color as it ages.

If I were trying to do this I would go with red, yellow, orange and brown dyes adjusting the strength of the individual dyes on test pieces until getting the color matched as closely as possible.

Also I would apply a seal coat of 3/4# shellac to the pine before staining to help with the blotching.

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