Our 1920's farm house has maple flooring. After picking up the 2nd floor carpet, we could not find old maple to use where original walls had been and now wonder how to match the two when staining. Is there a product line anyone would suggest and do they have the step by step instructions?
It's a matter of matching and trial and error with test patches. If you keep with it, you will eventually either find a pre-mixed stain that is a perfect match or a mix of several types that will match. Keep in mind too that sometimes to get a match means that you need more than one coat of stain.
The big problem though is that stain will usually darken over time but after a while it will stabilize in tint. This means that the 'perfect' match you may get today will look different a few years down the road.
The best way to get the closest match possible that will last over time is to completely sand the old finish off the old floors. Then, you can stain everything in one color and have it remain as a match. There could still be slight differences in tint between the old and new floors but with the right stain color it can be very hard to tell.
Is there a product you would recommend?
I've always had good results with Minwax as they have a large selection of stock colors but I'm now aware of any 'bad' stains out there.
Stay with a true oil based stain though. Messier to work with but give a more true color.
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