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do I need to apply polyurethane after staining?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Talking about interior trim pieces for the window.
post #2 of 12
yes...or less you buy the pre-mixed poly/stain....its called "polyshade". i dont like it but its good for quick jobs.
post #3 of 12
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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Originally Posted by Plug n Flyguy View Post
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.
post #5 of 12
With a top coat you also have a choice of finish - gloss, matte, etc
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Originally Posted by kywesk View Post
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.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
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.
post #8 of 12
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.
post #9 of 12
Don't forget to sand with 220 and use tack clothes between coats. Latex poly works great.
post #10 of 12
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
post #11 of 12
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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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
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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