Water-based stains are usually best under water-based finishes because these finishes don't bond well over oil or varnish stains unless you give them a week or longer to thoroughly dry. Unfortunately, water-based stains are more difficult to use because they raise the grain of the wood and they dry fast.
Furthermore, can you use oil based stain over water based?
When using an oil based topcoat over a water based stain or milk paint, allow water based finishes, such as HP topcoat to dry at least 24 hours before coating with an oil based product. - Allow more dry time when applying an oil finish over an EXISTING finish versus raw wood, which will absorb the stain faster.
Is Minwax oil or water based stain?
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.
Is an oil based stain?
In the debate between oil-based stains vs. water-based stains, if you are coating a wood that has a natural resistance to rotting, a water-based stain is the better option.