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10-22-12, 07:21 AM   #1  
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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10-22-12, 07:39 AM   #2  
Nope. Stain is coloring, you only need to stain if you want a different color to the wood.

 
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10-22-12, 07:44 AM   #3  
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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10-22-12, 07:58 AM   #4  
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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10-22-12, 08:05 AM   #5  
I am using SW Wood Classics® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish because of the non-yellowing.

Wood Classics® Waterborne Polyurethane Varnish

 
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10-22-12, 08:45 AM   #6  
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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10-22-12, 08:51 AM   #7  
yes, thank you for helping.

 
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10-22-12, 09:41 AM   #8  
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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10-22-12, 10:42 AM   #9  
Yes I will. Thank you very much

 
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