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Wood Staining & Refinishing

Interior, water-base poly works well on light-colored woods and stains where ambering would be undesirable. Blended with acrylic resins, it goes on milky but quickly dries crystal clear. Not as durable as oil-based polys. Available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin. |

Interior fast-drying oil-based poly is great for caabinets, floors, furniture, and trim such as wainscot, where abrasion resistance and durability are important. |

Water-based, oil-modified interior poly combines the durability and ambering of an oil with the fast drying time, low VOC content, and easy cleanup of a water-based product. It's great for doors, cabinets, furniture and floors. |

Spar urethane protects the finish of exteriors doors, trim, and furniture with UV absorbers that guard the finish and the wood from the sun's rays. And it's made with a special blend of oils and resins that allows it to flex as the wood surface expands and contracts. |

Brush-on, wipe-on or spray? Every polyurethane has its preferred applicator. We show you which to use where. |

Tabletops and other surfaces subject to abrasion benefit from high-build, oil-based finishes that provides maximum durability with just two coats. |

Most exterior polys can be used indoors, but interior polys should never be used outdoors; they lack the additives that protect exterior finishes from UV rays. |

Gloss, semi-gloss or satin polyurethane? Choose whichever sheen you like best; there's no difference in durability. Just remember that the glossier the finish, the more it will show any underlying imperfections and any future wear and tear. |

Oil-based, water-based or water-based oil-modified polyurethane? We show you the characteristics of each so you can know before you buy and try. |

Interior oil-based stain- and poly-combos protect bare wood with each coat, but require a conditioner to ensure even coloring before applying. Great for furniture, cabinets, trim. |

Wipe-on poly is best for carved, embossed, or profiled surfaces where a brush could leave drips. |

  • Kat Hertzler

    Just used this on our dining table legs after I refinished the table. I was singing its praises! Great product.

Some polys have oils that give wood a warm, amber tone. If you want wood to keep its light color, use a water-based poly. |

The secret to staining and refinishing wood furniture--new and old--with wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson |