How long does it take for varathane wood stain to dry?
Allow more time at cooler temperatures. Dries to the touch in 1-2 hours, dries to handle in 2 hours and can be recoated in 2 hours. Allow Varathane Premium Wood Stains to dry for 8 hours when applying an oil-based finish or 24 hours before applying a water-based finish.
Allow finish to dry 24 hours before light use. Wait 3 days before subjecting surface to normal usage. important when applying over paints or stains as the appearance of these products may change when an water- based finish is applied.
- 2 Answers. This should be ok if you gave the stain 3-4 days to properly dry out. You'll want the oil-based drying agent to completely vaporize from the stain before applying the water-based finish. You may apply the Minwax Water Based Polyurethane over a fully cured Minwax Wood Finish Stain (oil-based).
- This project uses three Minwax® products: Water Based Pre-Stain Conditioner, Water Based Wood Stain, and Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish. There are three advantages to using water based stains: they are fast drying, low odor, and easy to clean up.
- For most of our wood glues, we recommend clamping an unstressed joint for thirty minutes to an hour. Stressed joints need to be clamped for 24 hours. We recommend not stressing the new joint for at least 24 hours. For Titebond Polyurethane Glue, we recommend clamping for at least forty-five minutes.
While family and friends may give you helpful advice, reading the instructions on the can of stain leads to a beautiful final finish. Many brands advise buyers to plan on four to 12 hours of drying time between coats of stain and another 12 to 24 hours before applying the first coat of polyurethane.
- Method 2 Using Sealants to Waterproof
- Prepare the surface. You'll need to remove any remaining trace of past finish before using a sealant.
- Purchase a water-based wood sealer.
- Apply an even coat.
- Allow the product to dry.
- Clean the first coat.
- Apply a second and third coat.
- Give the wood time to cure.
- Do Gel Stains Need A Top Coat? ANSWER: All stains need a top coat. Think of stain as the color and top coat as the sealer and protectant. The high urethane content of General Finishes Gel Stains results in a lustrous finish that tends to fool people into assuming no sealant is required.
- Apply polyurethane using a bristle or foam brush about 2″ wide. Foam works well and eliminates the chore of cleaning, because the brushes are cheap and thus disposable. You can apply the first coat full strength or thinned up to half with paint thinner, making, in effect, a wiping varnish. (Use a separate can or jar.)
Updated: 20th September 2018