I am trying to match the stain color on an Early American chest of
drawers. The material in the chest is maple, but the material I am
using in my project is alder.
Zar Vermont Maple is the closest to the color that I have found but it's
not right. I've never used any dyes before and I need some help.
Matching a color is a very difficult task. Even if you manage a perfect
match on scraps, it might not match in the real piece.
Sometimes you have to mix two stains, or put two on in succession. I have
used both dyes and stains together.
In other words, it is a lot of trial and error.
If anyone has shortcuts, I would be thrilled to hear them.
The advice I give my clients is to go to a paint store which deals to
the professionals. Every town has one. In most cases, there's a guy with
an eye for that kinda thing.
In my town there is a guy who does miracles....but keep in kind that a
match today, may not be a match in a couple of years... stuff ages.
It's a very difficult area of expertise.
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