How to Mix Stain With Polyurethane

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One step stain and polyurethane finishes for wood have become popular in recent years. The ease of application and quick finish time have made this a high demand product among woodworkers. The limited number of available colors in the stain is a major downfall, but a person can mix the stain and polyurethane himself to get the shade he wants.

Things You'll Need

  • Stirring sticks
  • Container or paint bucket with a lid that seals
  • Stir the stain in its container to assure a consistent color throughout the stain.

  • Stir the polyurethane using a stirring stick. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.

  • Pour even parts of the stain and polyurethane into the separate paint bucket.

  • Stir the mixture until the color is completely even. If the container is not completely full, it can be slightly tipped to the side to allow for better mixing.

  • Cover and mark the container with the stain color by brushing a little amount of the mix on the lid for future reference. If the mix is stored for more than a few days, it will be necessary to thoroughly stir the mix prior to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because the stain is suspended in the polyurethane the stain will appear lighter after application. Always test stain mix on test board to see results prior to starting project.
  • Stir over a drop cloth to protect surfaces.
  • The mix is not recommended for wood floors.
  • Do not mix oil-based ingredients with those that are water-based.

References

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