Stain and protection of wood rails

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Old 03-27-20, 10:25 AM
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Stain and protection of wood rails

I have removed varnish from an old, beautiful wooden stair rail and sanded it down but haven't taken any next steps. want to stain it very dark to go with the greys in our decor. A friend gave me some black walnut tinted resin stain, and it's a great colour, but I wonder how best to protect it after a few coats of the resin stain? Can I or should I use a polyurethane varnish over a resin? Is the resin stain going to be a good choice for a stair rail?
 
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Old 03-27-20, 12:09 PM
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The stain will not be sufficient to protect, it's job is to add color it is not a top coat.

I would highly recommend a quality, not big box store, water based finish like the brand General Finishes from Wood Crafters. It's an excellent product and performance is better than urethane products,
 
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Stain is meant for one coat, not multiple coats, like paint. If the color is not dark enough with one coat, a different color should be sought. Polyurethane (oil based, 3 coats) is my go-to finish to protect wood.
 
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