I have 4 panel doors through out my house. All stained a dark brown. Over
time, because the door panels float, they have shifted, exposing a thin line
of unstained wood.
#1: How do I stain that thin stripe of wood so that it matches the rest of
the door? The doors are pine and have never been varnished.
#2: When I install a new door, how do I keep this from happening? (other
than waiting a year to stain them)
Solution 1: Grab the panel on both sides and pull it back into
You get one of those stain color sheets from the paint department at
the local paint store. Then you buy several tones that might work
such as light brown, dark, red, etc. You mix and test somewhere
(maybe take one door off and test on the bottom). Keep testing
until you are close. Use a small, quality, artist brush and
carefully apply it to the unstained area.
Water based stains smell nicer and dry faster, but I've had less
luck matching with them - particularly when it's old oil stain
that I'm matching.
You _might_ be able stain the door then move the panel to stain
the "hidden" areas. They don't always move easily when new, but
they usually do in a few years when the door shrinks or in the
Winter when it's dry.
I have a 6-panel basement door dark-stained by the previous homeowner
with the same thing going on and really, the stripe isn't all that
noticeable unless you stand there and look for it, so I've left that
sleeping dog lie. But I'm not as anal as a lot of folks, so you could
try dipping a Q-tip swab into the matching stain you originally used and
swab the stripe, or getting one of those small, flat foam brush from the
hardware store and using just the pointy-angled tip to get into the
crevice where the stripe is. Only thing is, the experience may end up
being kinda frustrating if you get new stain on the old stain and
possibly make it darker than it already is.
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