Will stain darken to match over time?

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Q: We have brand new oak floors. The builder had to replace a couple boards around an electrical plate. The stain he put on doesn’t match. He says they will darken to match the rest of the floor. ‘Just give it time.’ In the meanwhile he has put a finish coat on it.

My question is – Is this true? Or should I make them try to match the existing floor better?

A: If the stain doesn’t match now, it isn’t likely it will match later.

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