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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Question Matching old finish

    I have a home built somewhere around 1910. There is a lot of yellow pine trim, which I think is finished with varnish, which has darkened over the last 100 years.

    I am fixing up some areas of the house, and have to replace some of the moulding with new. I am using yellow pine and varnish, but don't know how to match the color. I had a local store mix a stain to match, but the color soaks into the wood too much, and the color doesn't really come close. I think I need a color that sets on the surface, not one that soaks in.

    Can anyone help me figure out the right process or type of stain, etc. to get the color to match?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Default Re: Matching old finish

    With soft woods like pine it is common for the stain to soak in too much. Minwax makes a pre-stain wood conditioner that seals soft woods so stain will not soak so deep, and won't be as blotchy. You have to apply stain within a certain amount of time from the pre stain application so check the instructions!
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