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Forum topic by bozekk posted 08-11-2012 02:39 PM 705 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2012 02:39 PM

I am staining a piece of stair nosing and the stain did not match. Can I sand it and then re-stain? Mainly, I want to get most but not all of the color. I used a cherry stain and it was too brown. I need it a littler more red to match the nosing. I was using minwax cherry.

I have white oak prefinish floor and was looking for a a lighter red. Also looking for suggestions for more red colors options.


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#1 posted 08-11-2012 02:50 PM

touch ups are frustrating arent they ?

Buy colours that are close to what you want, and mix them a little bit at a time. I use pure pigments but they can be hard to find and often you need a license to buy them.

I would prepare my stain and do samples first. Stain goes on one colour, and dries another, and yet dries another colour after finish is applied so samples are crucial

and yes, you can sand off the stain and you might try and apply mineral spirits to it, to remove as much as possible prior to sanding.

Good Luck

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 12:56 PM


I found a lighter red stain as the base and I think this will work better. I have a lot of cutoffs to test so I will use those. Wow, matching is tough. I am usually more patient. Just was making so much progress on the project, I got a little too impatient.

I did not think about trying mineral spirits. I’ll give that a try. I don’t need to get it all off.

Thanks for your help!


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