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    Oil based stain and water based poly?

    So the LOML wants to use a stain she found (oil based). I like to use water based finishes, especially poly. Will these two play well together?

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    As I understand things, they will work if you put a coat or two of dewaxed shellac between the stain and the clear coat.
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    Yep! What Vaughn said.

    You might get lucky and be able to use the WB straight over the OB stain, if you let the stain dry/cure for a couple weeks, but I'd use the shellac anyway. Zinnzer SealcoatŪ works great for that.
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    I'm in the same dilemma. I checked with General Finishes and they said let the stain cure for a minimum of 72 hours. I'm going to give it 6 days because I can't get to it till this weekend.

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