How to Stain & Varnish Red Oak Cabinets?

Answer Red Oak cabinet wood is an open pore wood that retains a beautiful natural wood look when stained. With a layer of clear varnish placed over the stain, you can enhance the color of the, creating an... Read More »

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How to Remove Varnish From Kitchen Cabinets?

When you are refinishing your kitchen cabinets, removing old varnish is essential to getting a professional finish. According to Scott Gibson in his article "Painting Kitchen Cabinets", "Stripping ... Read More »

Can you use stain over spar varnish?

On One Hand: Staining Usually Comes FirstStain before applying any varnish, including spar--sometimes called marine--varnish. The U.S. General Services Administration, in its Historic Preservation ... Read More »

Can you strip varnish without stripping stain?

On One Hand: Stain Permeates WoodStain applied to wood soaks deep into the wood and does not sit on the surface in the same way as a varnish finish. Chemicals and tools used for stripping varnish a... Read More »

What is a"varnish coat"to seal wood before stain?

A varnish coat is a coat used before staining that is made from thinned-down varnish. Applying a varnish coat to your wood project before you stain will seal the wood's imperfections and allow for ... Read More »