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Posted on What to use after staining before applying water based poly?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 11:41 AM

It kinda depends on what kind of stain you used. If it’s a waterborne stain, then you might want to seal it since a waterborne top coat can re-dissolve it and make a mess; if that’s the case dewaxed shellac works well. If it’s an oil based stain and you like what you have, apply the waterborne top coat right over it. The waterborne may raise the grain a little (or not, again depending on the stain), so just smooth it off after the top coat dries and you’re good to go for more coats or whatever is next.

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