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01:09PM | 02/20/07
Member Since: 02/19/07
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I have an older Cape (1930’s) with wide plank Red Oak Flooring. I love these floors. There is a nice soft amber glow with a lot of character. I am also in the midst of remodeling my entire kitchen and thought I would carry this "wide plank" look into my design. I went out and purchased (through a local saw mill) 5, 7 and 9 inch Red Oak. I let the wood breath in the house for two weeks and then had my contractor installed the flooring. It looked just great. Then I hired a company to sand and stain. Here is where the nightmare began.

I was told that they could (within reason) match the stain / color on my older floors. After they sanded - they put down various types of oil based Min Wax Stain (Golden Oak, Golden Pecan, Puritan Pine etc…) and it was decided that the Golden Pecan was "close". I then left for work – when I returned I found my brand new floor RED!!!!

To make a long story short – the floors were redone with a "Golden Oak" stain from ZAR but they are still not right.

When a sample on a single board is done it looks pretty close but it is evident that when the entire room is done (13’x13’) it comes out with a Red / Salmon like hue.

After I engaged with other floor refinish companies I was told it will be very very hard to match what is in the house since the older floors and their grain structure will not match the newer wood. However, I could play around with mixing stains and see if I can come up with a combination that may work.

Min Wax told me to try a Water Base - base coat followed by 3 coats of water based polyurethane.

I am at the end of my ropes - is there anyway I can stain new Red Oak flooring and have the end result more of a soft golden color?....

I tried Min Wax "Golden Oak" stain and all it does is turn the floor more of a reddish brown. Or is there a way I can mix let say a min wax product and get gold yellow colors out of it?......

My Kitchen remodel is on hold until this is resolved… HELP!!!!


12:22PM | 04/19/14
sikkens made an exterior stain color called natural light, that has a yellow hue. works pretty good


09:40PM | 09/13/16
Look for similar grain structure in a bundle of white oak. Best remedy I know. At the vary least your color will b damn close so your eye will not draw to the repair. And you can get real close grain on grain structure if you look through a bundle or two of white to match red. Your welcome. That comes up all the time in my work.

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