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Posted by Doug Smith on July 12th, 1999 12:52 PM
In reply to When Do You Want To Stain ... by Jay J on July 31st, 1998 07:57 AM [Go to top of thread]

I tried staining a recently sanded 60 year old oak
floor and it was a disaster. As old wood ages, it
naturally gets darker. Some pieces are darker than

Ultimately I decided to resand and go with a clear
varathane. Results: nice golden oak color (almost a
maple color!), with slight variations between each
floor board. It matches the wainscoating really

I wouldn't stain OLD wood, but I would stan new wood
only dont go overboard. Use a warm stain color or the
house will look dark and gloomy.


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