Stain problems on new windows

lily313June 9, 2013

We are trying to determine the best solution to a troubling problem. We are replacing most windows in our home. We approved the stain sample, but the windows arrived with noticeable differences. The contractor is, through their sub who did the finishing, suggesting corrective measures such as varnish tinting to correct the problem. With the multiple issues our confidence in the sub fixing the problem to our satisfaction is minimal. While we have a lot of confidence in the contractor, this situation is very unsettling and obviously involves a large financial commitment on our part. In addition, one sliding door was installed before the problem was caught, and that door seems to have parts that are close to right color but other parts that are not. I am guessing that part of the door received more coats of stain than the other part. This door is fortunately closer to the color in the sample than the windows, which have a decidedly orange cast. Delaying the installation will also impact other parts of the remodeling that we are doing. I am also posting this in the Windows forum. Any advice on how to proceed? Suggestions for how to best correct the color? Thank you!

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HandyMac

Stain always changes color with different pieces of wood. Even pieces cut from the same tree will stain differently.

To stain many different pieces of wood and get similar color, several things have to be done.

First, the correct pretreatment has to be applied. That is done to seal the wood so more porous sections do not soak up stain and be darker than the less porous areas.

Then, a recipe is usually the better choice, rather than relying on a single color. That allows the different colors to blend better as they soak into the pretreatment and the wood.

Lastly, the finish coat can be used----as suggested with the varnish tinting----to even out obvious differences in shade/color.

Obviously, that requires some experience or trial and error experimenting to get it right.

I've done color shading to make repairs match the other pieces after spot repairing trim. And used the varnish with dyes to achieve the same color on multiply pieces.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 8:32PM
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brickeyee

If you want them to match perfectly use paint.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 12:14PM
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kashka_kat

This is just a hunch so it may or may not apply
If your house is early 1900s then original wood finish was prob shellac pt some combo of shellac dye stain and /or varnish
Those exact hues are difficult to repro exactly using modern products -mayne impossible

You might want to look for historic renovation specialist good luck!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:04PM
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kashka_kat

This is just a hunch so it may or may not apply
If your house is early 1900s then original wood finish was prob shellac pt some combo of shellac dye stain and /or varnish
Those exact hues are difficult to repro exactly using modern products -mayne impossible

You might want to look for historic renovation specialist good luck!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:05PM
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