Pickling stain on legs of rustic table: problem if not top-coated?

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Old 06-26-11, 06:04 PM
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Pickling stain on legs of rustic table: problem if not top-coated?

I have a rustic walnut dining table (i.e. "French farm" style). I am planning to apply either pickling stain (minwax) . However, to keep the rustic feel, I am not planning to apply any top coat. Question: will the legs remain sticky, or will people's pants get stained by the white stain when they sit too close to the legs? More generally, is it OK to stain a piece of wood but not top-coat it? I don't care to keep a pristine finish -- again, it's a rustic table.

Would it be better to use liming wax (britax, liberon), instead of the pickling stain? Would the wax minimize "stickiness" or pants getting stained? Again, I would not apply clear wax after the liming wax in order to keep the rustic feeling.

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Old 06-27-11, 04:47 AM
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The stain should dry ok [and not be sticky] providing you don't apply more than 1 coat. I don't think the stain will wear off and attach itself to clothing but it will wear off. IMO it would be best to at least apply 1 coat of a satin poly. I don't know anything about liming wax.
 
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