Changing The Color of a Can of Stain

Questions & AnswersCategory: Furniture Refinishing QuestionsChanging The Color of a Can of Stain
Hal asked 10 years ago

I suppose I’m cheap but I have almost a full quart of Minwax Polyurethane all-in-one stain in a HONEY color…I don’t expect to ever need that color again. I now want to stain a Poker table top to a dark walnut or perhaps mahogany… the exact color is not important since there will ALWAYS be a table cloth on it except during Poker games when the entire top will come off. How do I darken the Honey colored stain?

3 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

Re-tinting a can of stain isn't recommended. But, you have a couple of choices that could change its color enough.

1) Use universal color tints. These are sold through many paint stores. Add small amounts to darken or change the stains color.

2) Take the can of stain to a paint store and ask if they will add some tint to change its color.

3) Buy another can that is considerably darker and mix the two cans to achieve a new color.

Buying tints or another can of stain isn't economical. You might as well buy the color you want. Plus, having a paint store re-tint the stain will be problematic. Most likely they won't do it or will charge for the service.

The cost of a quart of stain is small compared to the options or running around and wasting time to see if this is possible.

Honey stain answered.

If it almost always has a table cloth, and the exact color is not important just use the honey.  (Most cost efficient) 
Or buy a small bit of a darker minwax  (sample can size) and mix with the honey together

MagicDave answered.

Don’t hesitate, purchase the new stain, color of choice… you may want to reuse the old stain later on…