Can someone describe the basic pros/cons between minwax regular wood stain
and then applying polyurethane...stain with polyurethane included
(poly...and the new water based minwax stains ? I'll be staining some wood
veneer and also casing/baseboard moldings.
There's a woodworking NG that has a lot of well informed people in it.
My minor experience is using oil based wood stain, then applying
polyurethane. That way, you have more control over the stain color, and then
can apply one or more coats of poly. to brighten and toughen the surface
without affecting the stain color.
rec.woodworking may be the newsgroup referenced and has a lot of
experienced and inexperienced posters Another resource is
www.refinishwizard.com forum where questions are answered by
knowledgeable people mostly in the trade.
Using a separate wood stain offers more color choices and more control
over producing an even color.
Using a poly with stain in it is faster.
Water-based products can raise the wood grain, but also less fumes and
In any event, it's all about preparation. Test a sample first if you
are particular about the color/shade.
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