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#1 windknot

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Posted October 05 2009 - 6:57 PM

Talking about interior trim pieces for the window.
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Posted October 05 2009 - 7:02 PM

yes...or less you buy the pre-mixed poly/stain....its called "polyshade". i dont like it but its good for quick jobs.

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Posted October 05 2009 - 7:13 PM

Clear topcoats are meant to protect the wood from dirt and water stains. With that said, you don't have to poly wood trim if you don't want. I have been in many of homes that had stained trim with no top coat. Just make sure you keep the windows closed when it rains.

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Posted October 05 2009 - 9:21 PM


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Originally Posted by Plug n Flyguy
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Clear topcoats are meant to protect the wood from dirt and water stains. With that said, you don't have to poly wood trim if you don't want. I have been in many of homes that had stained trim with no top coat. Just make sure you keep the windows closed when it rains.





what he said...

you don't have to coat it after staining, i prefer to just for the protection.

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Posted October 06 2009 - 6:43 AM

With a top coat you also have a choice of finish - gloss, matte, etc
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Posted October 06 2009 - 6:31 PM


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yes...or less you buy the pre-mixed poly/stain....its called "polyshade". i dont like it but its good for quick jobs.






It is not easy to work with either. The best way to describe it is "sticky" when applying.
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Posted October 06 2009 - 7:22 PM

As usual, thanks all for the replies. I already did the staining. I'll go with the most 'flat' poly finish I can find.

I'll throw up pics when I finally finish the room.
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Posted October 06 2009 - 7:24 PM

Use water based varnish. Costs a little more but youll never go back. You will also get a harder and smoother finish with water cleanup and no fumes.
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Posted October 06 2009 - 8:34 PM

Don't forget to sand with 220 and use tack clothes between coats. Latex poly works great.

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Posted October 07 2009 - 10:38 AM

Most stains tend to raise the grain somewhat. That will cause the trim to become a dust trap over a period of time. It's best to put on some sort of finish

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Posted October 07 2009 - 2:15 PM

if you are going to put two coats on and want matte finish, consider using the shiny stuff for the first coat

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Posted October 07 2009 - 2:47 PM


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Originally Posted by barrell
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Use water based varnish. Costs a little more but youll never go back. You will also get a harder and smoother finish with water cleanup and no fumes.




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