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How to Apply Water Based Finish Over Oil Based Stain

The number one question I’m asked is…

“Can I apply your water based finish over oil-based stain?”

As you’ll see in the video above, the answer is… YES!

And I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

It’s not complicated, but there are some steps that must be performed in the right way…

And in the right order.

So, give the video a look, then let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions or personal experiences applying water based finish over oil based stains.

1 thought on “How to Apply Water Based Finish Over Oil Based Stain”

  1. Stephen Portner

    Thanks Jeff. I use a lot of gel stains for refinishing or trying to get a specific effect. I’ve had problems before with my clear coats turning purple over dark stains. I usually use either General Finishes or Old Masters. I’ve been letting the stains dry at least 24 hours and most of the time 36 or greater. Wipe with 50/50 then a very light coat of Ultraseal and have had pretty good luck with going over these types of stains. If I don’t wait for that long, I find I’m picking up stain and moving it around and that’s not a very nice look. Thanks for expanding on the process.

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