Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain, Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane?

mudhouse_gwNovember 13, 2011

We are upgrading all of the old painted hollow core interior doors in our home to unfinished pine panel doors. I'll be staining all of the interior doors with a light gray stain. I'm looking for recommendations for both stain and topcoat products. Benjamin Moore products are not an option (no BM store in my city.) Store options are Sherwin Williams, Lowes, Home Depot.

I bought Cabot oil based stain from Lowes, in the color "Moonshadow" and it's a tad more cool blue-gray than I wanted.

I also bought Rustoleum oil based Ultimate Wood Stain "Sunbleached", and we like the warmer gray color. The Rustoleum product says it can be topcoated with polyurethane, and I'm assuming it's best to use the Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane, to avoid mixing product lines.

However, I find few testimonials online about either these Rustoleum Ultimate products. Has anyone here used them? If there is a better-known combination of light gray stain/top coat products you'd recommend, I'm open to suggestions. I can work with either oil based or water based products, I just want a good end result that I can repeat throughout the house. Thanks!

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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

When working with pine, the most important step prior to staining is wood conditioner, but the Ultimate Wood Stain formula eliminates that step. That's a good thing!

The product can be coated with poly in one hour instead of the usual 24 hours. That's a good thing!

RustOleum is a very trusted name in the paint and coatings world. Yes, I'm endorsing it as a quality product that delivers satisfaction.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 7:40AM
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mudhouse_gw

Thanks so much, brushworks. I've used Rustoleum products for years on metal, but wasn't familiar with their wood finishing products at all! I had wondered about the need for wood conditioner also, so thanks for answering that as well.

Happy to have the vote of confidence. Now, to start tackling doors...

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 11:33AM
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