Just found this group, and wish I had before I started my first attempt at
staining. Oh well, here's the situation:
I stained replacement doors with three coats of Minwax Dark Walnut oil
stain, trying to match the color of other existing doors in my house. At
some point later, I decided the original doors must have been stained with a
wood dye. The base color of the original doors ws stained brown with
The wood of the original doors is luan as well, as evidenced by manufacturer
stamping. They were prolly built in the late '70s.
The new doors are top-coated with two coats of Minwax Fast-Drying
Polyurethane (satin finish).
Is it too late to change the color without a tremendous amount of work, if
at all? Will I have to strip off the sealer, the old stain, or both? How?
Would tintable lacquer work without any stripping and still show the grain?
Would de-waxed shellac work without any stripping
Or, am I screwed to the point where I'll have to buy new doors and try
again? Any advice much appreciated?