Interior or Exterior Stain. . . or What?

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Forum topic by Lbum posted 12-28-2011 06:35 PM 694 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2011 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: interior stain exterior stain question

Hi Everyone,

I’m working on making a waterstone holder/jig and would like to stain it. I bought some Minwax Wood Finish stain but noticed it says “Interior use Only.” Now I’m wondering if I should use it, as the stone holder will see a lot of water during use (well, maybe not a lot, but it will get wet.) I intend to finish the wood with a very waterproof finish after the stain, but was still wondering if I should perhaps use another type of stain. I do want the wood grain to still show, so an opaque (paint-like) stain is not an option. . .

Is the main reason to use an exterior stain versus an interior stain to eliminate the finish coating step (because the exterior stain already has a sealer)? Since I’m hoping to completely seal the wood from water penetration anyway, does it matter what type of stain I use?


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 07:37 AM

Stain is not a wood finish in and of itself. The particular stain you are talking about will “wash” out of wood when exposed to water. If you do still wish to stain it, you can always put a finish such as Urethane, Polyurethane or spar varnish, tounge oil, or marine lacquer on it.

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