I have stained quite a bit of oak and will say that I always sand just
before staining. If the piece has been handled much between the sanding and
staining I would advise you to sand it again. Actually I would advise you
to sand it anyway so that "you" know that it has been properly sanded to the
correct grit and on all surfaces. I would not trust something that has been
so called "presanded". Typically sanding will do away with oily
fingerprints. Unless you actually see oily fingerprints I would not be too
concerned with contamination if you resand yourself.
Should you seal it? Do you want to add protection to the finish? I always
add a varnish 3 coats of some sort to a stained project. Keep in mind
however that some stains have a finish mixed in already. I would still
advise adding a coat or two for a consistent sheen/finish. Typically a coat
of any varnish is not enough, the coat in the stain is not going to be
On Tue, 02 Feb 2010 07:09:39 -0800, the infamous Evodawg
If you're going to stain it and Varathane it, why worry about
anything? That's more abuse than a fingerprint. ;)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of Minwax, I shall stain no Cherry.
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