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Lightening stains

Posted by Henry in MI on April 22nd, 2001 07:29 AM
In reply to Changing the colour of wood by geoff on April 22nd, 2001 05:42 AM [Go to top of thread]

Hi, Geoff. Lightening a stain color is possible but messy and the results can be variable. There is a lot more that would have to be known to answer your question also.

What kind of wood is it? And is it solid wood, veneer, or laminate or other "glued on top" material over particle board or similar? If the piece really is made of teak, lightening the wood color and not just a stain color is involved. This, too, can be done but it is even worse. Same thing if it is made of any dark wood with a teak stain or a teak oil finish.

What colors are you really talking about? I checked the color charts of a couple of stain manufacturers that I had close and neither showed colors by those names. Describing colors is difficult if there is no standard, particularly for wood colors. What "antique pine" means to you can be totally different to someone else. The wood itself can look totally different. There are many species of pine and, kiln dried and planed, one species looks totally different from another. There are also vast differences between heartwood and sapwood in some species.

One suggestion is to find what you want in a used furniture store or antique dealers and see what the store will give you in trade for your piece.

Henry in MI

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