STAIN MATCHING CONTRACTOR
Stain matching is an easy way to improve the look and value of your home. If you have wood cabinets or doors that already have a stain and you are looking to replicate that same stain again in your home than you should hire a painting contractor with experience in stain matching. At David Freeman Painting, stain matching is one of our specialties. A fresh coat of stain can transform aspects of a room like doors and cabinets from rundown to renewed.
Stain Matching vs. Paint Matching
Stain matching is a little different from matching with paint. Paint is opaque and hides the whole surface of the wood, while a stain is transparent and the surface underneath can add to the finished appearance. The wood to be stained also has its own set of variables depending on the type of wood. The trim will determine the type of cast that you will want to stain with. When staining, the goal is to control the variations in the wood and make the appearance and color as uniform as possible.
Better Stain Matching
I’ve developed my stain matching process through years of experience and can achieve new stains that are indistinguishable from the old. Matching stains can be as simple as mixing store bought stains or using a standard stain and adding colorants.
Stain matching for most people involves going to the paint store with a sample of the finished product to be matched. After a stain base is applied colorants are added gradually until an acceptable stain match is achieved. Since there are many variables in wood this method will not get a stain that is perfectly matched for the whole project. Sometimes an existing cabinet or paneling will have more of a furniture look, becuase although the color is in the wood, it appears to the eye to be in the top/clear coats. In this case, after matching the stain, the clear finishes need to be colored so as to give the deep color that furniture look. A normal stain match is a colored stain plus 3 coats of clear.
At David Freeman Painting I utilize both in store and on the job stain matching to ensure that the end product is matched as close to the original as possible. This method takes more time but it’s the only way to get your stain matched just right.
Wood Varieties and Stain Matching
If the original stain is used on new cabinets adjacent to old cabinets then the difference between the new and the old can be noted when stain matching. This can simply be that as wood ages it changes color so time is needed for the new wood to match the existing stain. But sometimes the new wood may not be of the same variety as the existing stain. Then a stain match is needed to make the color of the two woods blend. Sometimes even if the variety of wood is the same the new wood may not have similar color tones as older wood of the same type. For instance oak can be a very light In color and changes the stain color very little when stain matching, but it can also be predominantly brown or red. In this case the base stain will need to have red or brown colors added to it to bring the new color closer to the old color when stain matching.
Choose Stain Matching Professionals
You may be tempted to try stain matching yourself but if you really want your finished product to look exceptional then you should consider hiring a professional painting contractor like David Freeman Painting. We can get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it yourself and you won’t have to worry about the hassle and the mess. We are the stain matching experts for Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.