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White Maple Stained Dark

posted on 11/21/2016 in Architectural Doors - News


Before selecting a VT grain or finish type, read this important message below from our Customer Service Department.

Maple veneer can be highly figured with Wavy or Curly figure as well as Cross Bar figure, especially when quarter sliced. This figure is not distinctive in the raw state (state in which the veneer is graded) or if finished clear or with a light colored stain, however when stained dark these characteristics can really show up. It is hard to capture these characteristics on a finish sample and even harder to explain to an architect that veneer meets grade when graded in the raw state.

VT recommends selecting an alternative close grain species, such as angire if it is going to be finished dark.

The image below shows Riverstone stained plain sliced red oak samples, the natural color variation of the red oak can be seen in the bottom portion of the finish sample with the Riverstone stain finish on the top portion of the samples. The natural color variation of unstained veneer will be visible even if stained. The 2 outside samples with the oak having reddish color will still have a reddish tint when stained, whereas the middle sample with the oak having a brown/olive color will have a greenish tint when stained.4

VT Industries would like to make you aware that these color variations are not considered a defect, but rather a natural characteristic of real wood stained with the same color of stain. As we want all of our customers to happy with the look of their final product, we want you to know this before selecting this grain and finish combination.

For more information regarding this matter, please give us a call at 1.800.827.1615 and one of our customer service representatives would be happy to assist you. 

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