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Staining to match4/20
I don't usually use a lot of wood stains, mostly clearcoats, either MLC CV's or sometimes Target's waterbase 8000 CV.on natural woods. I'm working on some cherry cabinetry that needs to come close the Owner's Stickley cherry furniture. I'm thinking about using MLC spray and wipe stain if I can find a color chart to get some color ideas from. What do any of you prefer for staining when trying to match up to a piece? Also thinking I may be better off spraying a thinned coat of shellac to control any blotching but I guess I'll be playing with a few scraps first. The biggest problem seems to be gallons are the smallest size available locally and I hate to buy half a dozen gallens trying to hone in on the right color. Make any sense to buy some tints to zero in the best color match? I appreciate any advice.
We use mlc lacquers only , and I know my local rep will try and make a match if you bring in a door or drawer front
I use the MLC and Valspar finishes. Both suppliers have a tint specialist. I take them a sample piece and they match their product to the piece. MLC's tint specialist has always done a great job. When they get close, they provide a sample in a small jar to test. usualy have it ready in less than 48 hrs.
I take it your suppliers don't have tint specialist.
Joe, I'll be talking to my rep this morning, but I think if there is one he's about 2 hrs. away, plus the only sample I have is a piece of their furniture. I'll see what he suggests. Thanks.
My MLC supplier is 20 min away. I take items in. My Val Spar supplier is 2 hrs away and the Rep picks up and brings back. Or their truck which deliverers to the area every day will pick it up, no charge.
Joe, you can trust me, they charge you. Don't think you aren't paying for that service somehow. What are you paying for a gallon of custom matched stain? How does it compare to the stock colors they offer?
Valspar Charges $47.75 for a gallon of Stain. To do a color match they add $3.00 per gallon. Total $50.75. They give me samples to test in my equipment. Once I select a match, I pay $50.75.
Either the the outside field rep will meet their truck and bring it to me or their Valspar specialist will bring it by if he is in area. Occasionally the driver will call me and I will meet him and pickup. That way not delivery and Fuel charge. This price is the same even if I have a large delivery and no delivery charge is added.
They do this because they are very good with customer service.
I usually have the samples the next day.
MLC I will have to research. The supplier charges more for everything. I'm thinking it's about $7.00 more.