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polyurethane or just stain

Posted by misha16 (My Page) on
Wed, May 30, 12 at 8:52

I just installed 13 Andersen A-series windows at the house and wondering should I just stain or stain and polyurethane.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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RE: polyurethane or just stain

The stain needs to be top-coated unless it is a 1 step poly/stain combo which I do not care for.
I would stain with an oil penetrating stain first then top coat with poly. There are many other stain types avaliable but prefer the oil pentrating.

RE: polyurethane or just stain

Definitely apply a finish coat. It will seal against moisture, which is the enemy of wood. Todays woods are softer and from fast regrowth forestation. they are much much more absorbent than the old woods and hardwoods.
Like toddinmn, I like the oil penetrating stains, also.

RE: polyurethane or just stain

I have had good luck with the water based stains but they certainly don't work as well as the oil based ones.

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