I have a customer who removed a wall.
I patched the floor with red oak and applied the Minwax stain he said was used on the old floors.
It matched almost perfect when applied but within an hour started turning a dark brown!
Any idea why?
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It matched almost perfect when applied but withing an hour stated turning a dark brown!! Any idea why!?!?
Oak easily develops gray or black stains from contact with iron, and I could imagine it looking dark brown if there's also a dark-colored stain involved. Did you use steel wool during application of the stain? Was the can the stain was in at all rusty or corroded?
Also, is it possible that the rest of the floor is some other type of wood, possibly even just a different type of oak, that might have reacted differently to the stain? And did you wipe away the excess stain? And how old is the stain?