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#1 posted 11-07-2012 06:27 PM

I wouldn’t put lacquer in between…you’d use it instead of the poly in that scenario. If you use the poly, use shellac in between. It universally works between pretty much anything. I like the Zinsser Sealcoat for this job.

Most stains have pigment, like paint, and those pigments stay largely atop the wood (some gets in the pores) especially if you prep the wood to finer sanding grits. Rubbing them with a topcoat that uses the same solvent will almost always come up on the rag. If you don’t believe me, use a white rag to wipe on the poly over the stain.

You just can’t follow the directions on most cans, unfortunately.

-- jay,

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