So I've been trying to figure out how the heck to get the same colors as the
stain samples you see at Home Depot. I put my stain on for 15 minutes and
then rubbed off as the directions stated. The result was a light color (this
is on pine) and not dark like the sample at the store. Perplexed I went to
the Net for info. I read a few places that you'll never get your project as
dark as the samples at the store. Now the samples at the store aren't
printed on paper, they're stained on pine and oak. So I asked the question
to myself, "Well the samples at the store are the stain on pine. I have
pine. Why is their pine different than mine?"
After many moons of messing around and then reading Bob Flexner's book I
guess you don't have to put on stain and then rub it off after 15 minutes,
you can just leave it on? Has anyone ever done this? I guess the best method
for this would be to use a paint gun?
I'm trying to match a dining room set I have. You can't really tell the wood
pattern through the stain. It looks like it was heavily stained in red
mahogany and then glazed with black or very dark brown (it's in the recesses
of the wood). It's the typical color you see when you see Asian furniture -
that kinda brownish reddish solid color.