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Richard

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642 days ago

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I have some old stain I am trying to match. i opened the container(not a traditional brand with lables) up and all that was left was some chunks of solid stain. I think it is oil based. Can I put a chunk of it in something to make it usable so I can get a better match? Thanks For any ideas.


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#1 posted 642 days ago

Richard,

If it was an oil based stain, then you may be able to take a little mineral spirits and desolve the solid enough to get it so you could at least put some on a sample board to work with.

All your pigmented stains will use some sort of “vehicle” to suspend the pigments in to allow you to work with it and the “vehicle” will dry or evaporate when you apply your stain. Usually mineral spirits will work as a “vehicle”.

Just remember, the more mineral spirits you mix with the pigments, the more it will be deluted which in turn will change the density of color.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#2 posted 642 days ago

John’s suggestion is probably the best. Try not to over thin it and give it time to dissolve.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 642 days ago

Thanks for the advice. I left a chunk of it in some mineral spirits overnight and nothing happened. I think it was a custom mix by the cabinet maker. When I opened the jar up it stunk to high heaven. I will just have to do it by trial and error on scrap wood. Thanks again.

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