trying to match old stain and varnish
I have undertaken a project that most professional floor finishers would not recommend. I'm hoping, none-the-less, that someone can advise me with my folly.
I have birch floors which were stained and varnished 8 years ago. I am in the process of sanding a small section, I have carefully taped off the full length of each plank involved, and the sanding is going surprisingly well.
I know the brand and color that was used for the stain 8 years ago (it was oil based), and the varnish used was "Crystal", satin finish (also oil based).
I'm well aware that it will be impossible to perfectly match what was done 8 years ago, but I was hoping someone would have suggestions as how to get it as close as possible.
Ideally I'm hoping to stain and varnish my sections using water based.
I've been told there's a store in my area that can mix a water based stain for me to match because they have the "recipes" on all the brands. I will go there and speak to them at length, but do any of you have any experience doing this? Specifically:
I'm assuming the old oil stain will be darker than the new water stain - can I match it by adding an additional coat?
And for the Crystal satin finish oil varnish, does anyone know of a good waterbased satin varnish that gives a similar look?
Thanks to anyone who can give me some constructive advice.