acrylic finish over oil-based stained oak

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Forum topic by rfwoodworks posted 12-23-2015 01:14 PM 694 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2015 01:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain oil-based acrylic

First off, this is my very first post. Hi gang! :)

So here’s my situation….

I’ve got a small oak table that I just completed & sanded, and I’ve made a little mix of a few different oil-based stains (Minwax) that’s I’m really happy with. I need to get this project done ASAP, so ideally I’d like to use something fast-drying and also what I already have plenty of lying around—Deft semi-gloss waterborne acrylic finish. I’d like to avoid oil-based polyurethane because it’s going to take several more days than I have to get a few coast on, and also I don’t want my piece to yellow since I like my current stain’s color.

So the question is: am I going to have a problem covering the oil-stained oak with an acrylic spray finish? Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 03:10 PM

Stain it. Let it dry. Then hit with a couple coats of dewaxed shellac. Zinsser seal coat would be good. The shellac will dry very fast. Scuff it and then topcoat with your water borne finish.

Shellac sticks to just about everything and just about everything sticks to shellac.

I just did some picture frames in walnut. I wiped on linseed oil to pop the grain, dried for a day and then 2 coats of seal coat. Three coats of GF high performance top coat finished it off. Everything adhered perfectly.

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 03:12 PM

Almost all waterborne finishes can be applied over most oil stains, but those stains have to be dry…several days, maybe more. You could speed it up a little by putting a coat of dewaxed shellac on the stain, it can go on within a day, and drys completely in a few hours, then be top coated with you waterborne. If you get pre mixed shellac, make sure it is Seal Coat, the others contain wax and might cause an adhesion problem with the acrylic.

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 03:26 PM

Seal coat after 24-48 hours drying the stain then varnish, just like mentionned above. In the past two years I have used galons of oil stain, shellac and water borne finishes in my basement renovations and the results are excellent on Oak and Mahogany.

-- PJ

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