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Staining new and old wood to be the same colour?

By May 27, 2019 2 Comments

Is it possible to stain a mix of old and newish wood to be a similar colour?

I’m wondering about staining the interior of my (horse) barn, but some of the older boards are dark or have a greyish hue while the newer boards are still light coloured. If I were to stain it, would it be possible to get all the wood to (mostly) be the same colour? Would using a dark stain help?

If I had to do a lot of refinishing/ sanding on the older wood then I probably wouldn’t bother. I’m hoping that using a dark stain or a certain product would make the wood match. Is this just wishful thinking? I don’t mind if it’s not perfectly uniform in colour, but I’d like the wood to be a little more consistent and have more of a “finished” look than it currently does.

Thanks in advance!


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  • wheezergeezer says:

    You can use an opaque stain if you don’t care about the wood other than texture. Otherwise, good luck without striping everything. You really want to strip the seal coats to use regular stain. Preferably to the wood.

    General Finishes has opaque stains. They still require clear coating.

  • rufuckingkidding says:

    There is no easy fix here. However, it is absolutely possible. You’re going to need a bunch of sample boards, some patience, and some creativity.
    A darker stain will work, but how dark do you want to go?
    The grayish hue of the aged wood is somewhat replicable as well.
    Are they at least the same wood species? This makes it easier.
    Graying the wood is accomplish via vinegar+water+steel wool. I usually do 1:1 with a small chunk of steel wool, overnight, and then perform a test. The longer the mixture sits, the darker the grey that you’ll get. You can just paint or wipe it on. If you’re going for a stain, plus the grey, do the grey first.
    If you really care, keep trying different ages of vinegar/water and different colors of stain. You’ll get there.
    Remember: polyurethane/shellac etc. “clear coat” finishes also add some slight (very slight) yellowing (unless you use a water based urethane)
    If you’re just trying for an approximation across both, you can get fairly good, one-coat results from Polyshades, or try a semi-transparent decking-type stain.
    Just keep doing samples until you’re satisfied,

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