I am replacing a small section of oak flooring (I believe it's European oak) and am at the stage of colour matching.
I have found a dye which, after three applications, gives the correct colour. However, in the existing flooring, the grain doesn't stand out very much - the colour is quite uniform. Whereas when I dye the new wood the grain is much more accentuated.
Question: is there a way to lessen the darkening of the grain?
Would it work for me to apply a grain filler first? Or a sand sealer? Ideally I don't wish to alter the way the wood feels to the touch.