A pro's guide to sanding, staining, finishing
The oil-base materials have long been the preferred choice, but water-base materials have been greatly improved in recent years, and offer a number of distinct advantages. They dry faster, clean up easier and, perhaps most important, put out a lot less odor. However, they're generally thinner and usually require a buildup of at least three coats to get a good protective finish.
Talk to an experienced paint store for their recommendations, and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for application and safety precautions.
Remodeling and repair questions? Email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. All product reviews are based on the author's actual testing of free review samples provided by the manufacturers.
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