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Can redwood sapwood be stained to match the heartwood?

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Forum topic by rrdesigns posted 07-15-2011 03:56 PM 1542 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rrdesigns

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07-15-2011 03:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blending sapwood and heartwood colors redwood

I’ve got a remodel project where I have removed a double door and need to install Boston style redwood siding in its’ place to match the existing siding in the rest of the room. The original siding is a beautiful straight close grained heartwood which has been clearcoated. The only siding I have been able to locate (without spending an arm and a leg for heart only redwood and then milling it myself) is a mix of heart and sap wood. Any tips on how to blend the two into a homogeneous color that looks more like heartwood are appreciated.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs


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#1 posted 07-15-2011 04:04 PM

You might try staining some sample pieces, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a good match. You’re probably gonna have to bite the bullet and get the good stuff for this project.

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 10:14 PM

Autumn, do you tint the sapwood to match the heartwood, then stain them both together to your final color, or chase the final color from the beginning?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 05:16 AM

Thanks Autumn, that article looks very helpful. I spent part of today at the best paint store in town and they steered me in another direction. I’ll post the results after I give it a try.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 04:17 AM

Can sapwood be stained to match heartwood? Yes it can. Pre-stained the sapwood with Mohawk’s red mahogany stain diluted with Lacquer thinner. Followed it, after dry time, with my custom color to match the existing siding. Everything blended beautifully. You’d never know the trouble I started with if the pics didn’t tell the tale. (The custom color applied directly with no pre-stain left an obvious difference in the final product. This extra step solved the problem.)

Pics of the finished project with the final color applied to follow.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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