Oil or wax over stain?

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Forum topic by mortalwombat posted 09-29-2014 04:12 AM 662 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2014 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wax tung oil oil polyurethane

I have a nice dresser that we just purchased for our new babies room and I made a changing table frame that will rest nicely on top. I would like to match the finish as closely as possible to the dresser. I bought some nice dark stain that gets me real close but it doesn’t have the same sheen or durable feel. The dresser doesn’t have a real thick built up feel like it’s covered in shellac or anything, but it definitely has something on it. I feel like maybe it’s an oil of some sort or maybe a thin poly.

My question is, can you put oil over stain? I have some cheap tung oil from lowes, which I was going to try, but I’d rather not wreck the frame and have to start over. I also considered wax, which I figure would give some shine but wouldn’t give much protection. Maybe I just get a can of spray poly and call it a day?

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 12:36 AM

I think a wipe on poly would give you the look and protection you want. The number of coats will determine the look so just stop when you like it.

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 12:40 AM

If it is a commercial dresser, it’s likely a thin coat of spray on lacquer.

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 07:14 PM

Thanks for the advice. It is a commercial dresser, so I am going to go with spray on lacquer. I’ll probably use the same on this piece. Thanks!

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