How to stain Anderson interior pine window

judy7830March 16, 2012

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Need Anderson window stained


We had an Anderson window installed for our kitchen remodel and the

contractor is refusing to stain it. Yesterday one of their subcontractors

dropped off a piece of wood with a dark brown stain on it and our windows

have a redwood stain. When we said it was the wrong color we were told

to find someone else to stain the window. The foreman said you need to

put on a dark brown stain because the sun changes the color to a reddish

tone over time. However, the new window screens out 97% of UV light.

We have a card from Behr with 50 sample exterior stains and one is a

perfect match for our window. Is anyone knowledgeable about how to stain the window? It is pine and will have fir trim around it.

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Tape off the glass with painters tape. Tape off the wall. Take out the sashes. Stain. You might want to use a fast drying water base stain. Put the sashes back in. Next day, remove them again, then put your finish coat on. Let it dry for a few hours. Replace the sashes. Remove all the tape. Take your time, be neat, wipe the stain with a rag for even coating. Should be fine.

Get another contractor, that one is an ass.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 1:14AM
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Also get another brand of stain, try either Minwax, or Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams anything but that crap Behr. i would suggest a true paint store as well because you may need to mix several stains to get the exact color you need.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 7:50AM
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also pine and fir will both take stain entirely different and look like completely different colors even using the exact same stain

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 10:07AM
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I second that - don't use Behr. Every year I put Behr 10 year stain on my deck. lol!!

I suggested water base only because you don't have the strong odors.

Get your stain from a place that will custom mix it for you, and take both pine and fir pieces to them and have them play with it to get the colors the same. And remember, a little goes a long way - you probably won't need a gallon of it.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 7:22PM
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