How to Mix Stain With Polyurethane


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.

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