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    Staining pine - crosspost

    Hi all,

    We just had new windows installed throughout the house.
    Outside they look great. The inside trim has been another issue entirely. We wanted stain to match everything else we've stained in the house, and my wife was looking
    at the stain outside before it was put up and she didn't like the color. I called the contractor (who has done a great job thus far - also new siding which looks great) and said NOT to put the trim up until we get the color figured out. Well, he went ahead and put it up. I have no
    idea why. (My wife was at work and I was out of town.) So now we have a house full of trim - half of it stained,
    half not yet stained. Problem is, the stain doesn't match the other wood we have in the house, and we were very clear that was what we wanted. We told him several times. He used the stain that we used on the other wood - Minwax Golden Pecan - like we asked, but it does not look even close to the other wood. The trim is way too red and pale, and not dark enough or yellow/golden enough. And we're pretty sure the reason is that he used white pine as opposed to yellow pine which we've always used. If he'd listened when I left him the message saying NOT to put it up
    yet and to hold off, we wouldn't be in this situation.
    We'd ask him to take the white pine back and get yellow. But now it's up all over the house. While we never specified yellow pine over white (we didn't know the difference until quite recently!), we did specify what we wanted it to look like, and he could have easily seen that
    what he put up doesn't match. I'm talking 18 windows here, as well as some very good carpentry work to build some of the windows out. This would all have to come down.

    I read a couple articles online that said if you coat white pine with ammonia it takes on many of the traits of yellow pine. Perhaps this could solve the problem easily. We're going to test this tomorrow.

    Any other ideas? We've tried some mixing of stains, but nothing has worked. Any chance the varnish could fix everything? We've tried varnish (both oil and water-based) on some extra boards and it didn't make much difference. But we used a clear varnish like we always do.

    Could a colored varnish or a gel stain fix this?

    Anyway, if you have any thoughts, I'd appreciate it!


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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    I've brought white pine up to yellow older pine with a vinegar wash. Test this 1st. Take White vinegar in a jar and put a roll of steel wool in with it. You will need to check it for test after 6 hrs, 12 hrs and 18 hrs, 24 hrs. by getting a rag and dabbing a little vinegar on the test board. if you are close after 6 hrs but still not there yet give it another hr. and check it again. When you get the color you want remove the steel wool to stop the reaction.
    Let me know it this will do it for ya.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

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