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Matching Stain

Unfortunately I am pressed for time so I'm grasping at straws for a solution to my stain matching problem. The best I can do at this time is provide a very clear and accurate image of the applied stain. I need help in matching it to an existing or custom mixed stain.

Although useless as far as color is concerned. The item is Armstrong 5" Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring named Grand Canyon Sunset. Armstrong does not provide color matching stain nor information. Plus, there are not any stain matching services in our area.

All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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If this is your sample piece, show us what you are trying to match.

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If this is your sample piece, show us what you are trying to match.
The items are 16 pieces of 3' long tiny trim oak cove molding. This molding is to go under the nose of stair treads. Thank you for your assistance.
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Matching a stain comes down to more tinkering than anything. It's takes a lot of supplies and patience. If you have a portable sample the easiest solution would be to take it to a real paint store and have them mix the stain for you. If that isn't an option you might start with Wood Classics stain from Sherwin Williams in the color Bright Cherry. From there you may have to thin it or add other pigments to it to modify the color to fit. Some of the stores will sell you pigment out of their machines to do that. Others may have pigment in bottles such as Cal-Tint they could sell you. All you can do is get the closest stain you can and try it on scrap wood and modify it until you have it. Keep in mind the color changes a bit when you put a clear on it so when you think you have it be sure to clear coat the test piece to make sure.

One note, if you try this with Minwax brand stain you won't be able to add pigment to it. The only way you can modify the color is to intermix it with other colors of Minwax stain. If you add pigment to Minwax brand stain it will go to the bottom of the can and won't mix in.
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The items are 16 pieces of tiny trim oak cove molding. This molding is to go under the nose of stair treads. Thank you for your assistance.
Samples, samples, samples, It can take many, many tries to match existing colors.

Get yourself brown, yellow, red, and start experimenting.

I prefer dyes, but they are best sprayed.

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Samples, samples, samples, It can take many, many tries to match existing colors.

Get yourself brown, yellow, red, and start experimenting.

I prefer dyes, but they are best sprayed.
Please see Post #3. Thank you.
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Matching colors is nearly impossible looking at pics on a computer screen, but this formula should put you in the ball park. Of course you will have to tweak it for a perfect match. Run samples first:

General Finishes
1/2 part Medium Brown
3 1/2 parts Merlot
1 1/2 parts Cinnamon
1 part Orange

Of course as Steve pointed out, a good Sherwin Williams commercial store should match it up pretty easy.

When matching colors, its always best to use black, red and yellow. I just shared this formula for time constraints.

Matching colors on different substrates is easy. All it takes is patience and beer.

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A perfect match created. I used one part Varathane Carrington to one part Varathane Traditional Cherry. I tried Varathane's Semi-Gloss Polyurethane Aerosol Spray but multiple cans sprayed out blobs and bubbles so I turned to Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane Aerosol Spray. Now I'm ready to finish fourteen three feet long pieces of oak cove molding.

Thanks to all for your help.
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