We recently sanded down an old oak floor where a section of it was
replaced with new oak flooring. We stained it but the old oak flooring
did not take the stain like the new one did. The new flooring is much
darker than the old flooring. We like the look of the new oak flooring
much better and would like to match the old flooring as close as
possible to the darker color. It seems like the old floor doesn't want
to take another coat of stain. Any suggestions?
Very difficult to make old wood match new (or vice versa). Undoubtedly
the old floor is much closer grain than the new and possible even
different. Are both either red or white oak, quarter- or plain-sawn,
etc., etc., or do you even know?
Probably the only way will be to use a much darker stain on the old
floor and you may even have to go to a semi-transparent or nearly
opaque to get the color. Would need much more info to do more than
make the general comment.
You could try a non-penetrating stain. For example, one where the
stain resides within in the clearcoat (versus in the underlying
wood). However, you'll need to try some experiments and I fear
you will need at least several gallon cans of pure luck to end
up with a decent result.
It may be time to start congratulating yourself on the coolness
of the contrasting finishes you now have ;-)
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Slightly rougher sanding will make the wood take on more of the stan
color. If you sand it too smooth then pegment stains have no where to
leave their color. Try sanding a patch with a slightly rougher grit and
re-staining. You can alsways smooth out the clear finish on top of the
wood after you get the color you want.
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