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Posted on Water based polyuretane on top of oil based stain

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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 686 days ago

To answer the original question, I have three furniture pieces I have built over the past year that have a satin water-based poly top coat. One was stained with Minwax oil based stain, the other two have Watco danish oil finish. The poly I used said to wait three days before going over an oil based stain, but I waited a week just to be safe.

I sprayed the poly, and I did not thin it or use a seal coat (neither of which were recommended by the information sheet), and as far as I can tell so far there are no issues with adhesion.

The poly was Sherwin-William Wood Classics. I can’t say whether this or any other water based finish would hold up to kitchen cabinets. The oldest of my pieces is about ten months, and gets daily use by our front door, and it still looks as good as when I took it out of the shop.


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