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Old 12-13-2016, 09:19 AM   #1
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What color stain is English Chestnut really?

Hi - A question for the DIYers -

Does anyone know what stain is used for the English Chestnut? I am trying to match it for a few little projects, but I bought a can of MinWax and it was way too dark.

Any help is appreciated. Working on a small project for the DW for Christmas.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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Call Tiffin Service and have them look it up for you. Have your VIN handy.
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What kind of wood are you using? If it's a soft wood like pine, it will absorb much more of the stain and be a lot darker.
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Its a soft oak.

And Luvlabs - I did contact Tiffin. They gave me the numbers for Sherwin Williams colors. I called SW and they said it doesn't exist. It was probably a custom OEM delivery.

I just know that there are many people out there that have done mods that included staining new wood. I was hoping to find out what they used. So if anyone can help.....
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Hi - A question for the DIYers -
Does anyone know what stain is used for the English Chestnut? I am trying to match it for a few little projects, but I bought a can of MinWax and it was way too dark.
Any help is appreciated. Working on a small project for the DW for Christmas.
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"English Chestnut" is simply a name.
I suggest you take a sample drawer front, or cabinet door, to a good paint store... along with a scrap piece of the wood you will be staining.
Most will mix a stain to match what you have.
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"English Chestnut" is simply a name.
I suggest you take a sample drawer front, or cabinet door, to a good paint store... along with a scrap piece of the wood you will be staining.
Most will mix a stain to match what you have.
I agree, we have alderwood in our kitchen at home and it's almost identical to Tiffins....our home cabinets are a butternut ....go figure. I have used a stain mixed by a local paint shop for a few pieces in the MH, pretty good match, use it in the home too...
I did try the English chestnut stain by Minwax, it was a little dark on some Maple.
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I used Varathane brand "Provincial" stain to rework some chairs and it is very close to the original English Chestnut color.
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take door off and take it into any paint supply with a computer color matcher (computer) and have them match with minwax water base stain. Don't use oil base. You will be able to come up with a good match. Having the same type wood is always good.
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If they gave you SW numbers it does exist, you need to go to a industrial SW or one that stocks the industrial line. Take a door and have them match it in BAC wiping stain (good chance that is what the factory uses). Also take a piece of wood that you will be using, doesn't matter what species, they will match it to your sample. You will not ever get close with Minwax stains! If you need more info feel free to ask, I have a bit of experience with this and know SW product line pretty well.(I build/own a custom furniture and cabinetry shop)
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As some others have said, it depends on the actual piece of wood being stained.

When I build anything, I use some of the same wood and make a stain stick, putting the different stains on it. Then you'll know exactly how your creation will look when stained.
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If they gave you SW numbers it does exist, you need to go to a industrial SW or one that stocks the industrial line. Take a door and have them match it in BAC wiping stain (good chance that is what the factory uses). Also take a piece of wood that you will be using, doesn't matter what species, they will match it to your sample. You will not ever get close with Minwax stains! If you need more info feel free to ask, I have a bit of experience with this and know SW product line pretty well.(I build/own a custom furniture and cabinetry shop)
I came up with an exact match with Minwax Water Base stain. Don, be fooled.
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Thanks everyone.

I'm sure the number I got exists, just not at my local SW stores. Tiffin says: MA1592 Sherwin Williams S64XXN8753-2252

I realize names are just names, which is why I was hoping to get a std number, cross referenced across brands if need be, like auto paint, so I could find it locally (and quickly).

I'll take a door and some test wood to the local shop. I was just hoping it would be easier with a number. Getting to the RV, getting a door off and on will take a few hours that I was hoping to save.
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I may be wrong here, but I suspect that Tiffin, like many commercial cabinet makers uses a finish that is blended to the color they want and the wood is not actually "stained" before the finish is applied, but an "all in one " job.
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