Do I have to stain?

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Old 10-22-12, 07:21 AM
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Do I have to stain?

Hello,

I am laying white oak hardwood in my entire house. (Except bath of course)
People keep telling me I have to stain the wood before coating with polyurethane.
But they were not able to give me a good explanation why.
Can you ?

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Old 10-22-12, 07:39 AM
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Nope. Stain is coloring, you only need to stain if you want a different color to the wood.
 
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Old 10-22-12, 07:44 AM
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No, I do not want a different color. I like the look of the white oak.
It is friendly and light.
 
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Old 10-22-12, 07:58 AM
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How are you planning to finish it? Water based poly is clear, oil based poly adds a little bit of amber tint. Personally, I like the look of the oil based.
 
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Old 10-22-12, 08:05 AM
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I am using SW Wood Classics® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish because of the non-yellowing.

Wood Classics® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish
 
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Old 10-22-12, 08:45 AM
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Yep, your final color is going to be close to your raw wood and it sounds like that's what you want. I think you're all set.
 
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Old 10-22-12, 08:51 AM
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yes, thank you for helping.
 
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Don't forget to remove ALL the sanding dust prior to applying the first coat. A light sanding will be required between coats and again, remove the sanding dust.
 
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Old 10-22-12, 10:42 AM
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Yes I will. Thank you very much
 
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