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Old 12-08-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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Cabinet Stain Matching

My '05 40 fdts has the Tuscan Maple interior wood work. I am wondering if any of you with the Tuscan have made any additions or modifications that required matching the stain color. I am also wondering if you used something other than maple. The local hardwood and trim company says that maple isn't brought into CA. Bugs or mites or something, who knows.

I am making a couple of modifications and I'd like them to match as closely as possible. Have any of you touched up or modified with good results? I've made a couple of little changes that kinda match and are in places that aren't well lit so the result was OK. Now I'd like a better match than what I've achieved by mixing stains and trial and error and, it's close enough for there.

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Old 12-08-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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I am just finishing up my a/v upgrade. I had to make some trim pieces and shelves. I have the Tuscan maple interior also. I had the local paint store match the stain using a sample I brought in. It really matched well. I can give you the base and formula if you like. I am at work and don't have it with me.

As for wood species I used maple for the trim parts and the panel I had to make was a birch veneer. The birch plywood I bought had some dark areas but I was able to cut around them. I think you also might be able to get by with European Beech. It is much cheaper than maple too.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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My '04 coach has the Tuscan maple finish on the cabinets as well. I have bought plenty of maple from Home Depot here in CA. Never had a problem finding it! Austin's Hardwoods in Santa Ana sells good quality maple plywood as well. I built bathroom cabinets in my house out of it. They also stock maple mouldings of various types. I got some 1" bullnose stock when I made my steps.

I took a sample of my cabinet doors and the bare maple to Rockler, and they helped me match the finish. I use General Finishes Maple oil based stain for the color, and then use the General Finishes High Performance Satin Water Based Topcoat.

Technique has a lot to do with it as well. I use 220 grit sandpaper for my finish sand, and wipe the stain on with a cloth. I have a HVLP sprayer from Rockler for the topcoat, but I have brushed it as well. Using courser grit sandpaper will yield a somewhat darker color. (The finish is a little darker than it appears in the picture, pretty close to the cabinets.)
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:11 AM   #5
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Thanks guys,

My projects are pretty small scale, I'm no cabinet maker. But I would like things to match if possible. I will check HD and some other wood work supply places. I'll also drag a drawer front or something to the paint place and see if they can mix up a stain.

I was surprised when they told me no maple in CA, but it's a local reputable shop and I took them at their word.

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