Can you apply a varnish over an oil based stain when using pine?

TigerGee Holmes
by TigerGee Holmes
  5 answers
  • William William on Apr 21, 2017

    Yes you can. Varnish is oil based and compatible with oil based stains. Just make sure you give the stain ample time to dry. At least 24-48 hours.

  • Bob Bob on Apr 23, 2017

    I agree with William. I use oil-based stains all of the time (I work in pine about 99% of the time). After about 24 hours - I live in Arizona - I apply and oil based stand with excellent results.

  • Pam Lindau Pam Lindau on May 04, 2017

    Tung oil works very well and then you can use a water base polyacrylic over that for better protection

  • Louise Louise on May 12, 2017

    Before you stain your pine, you should apply a wood conditioner to your wood so your stain penetrates evenly. Then apply 1, 2 or 3 coats of stain let dry completely for a least 24 hours. Apply 2 to 3 coats of oil based varnish, sanding lightly between coats. Fully cures in about 1 week so be careful for the first week. Hope this helps.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 31, 2023

    If being used outside use a Marine Varnish!