As for staining and Waterlox. You can use any type of stain... we do however, recommend using an old-fashioned oil-based stain that DOES NOT contain urethane. Minwax, Zar and Duraseal are all adequate choices.
There are 2 basic methods for adding color to the wood surface:
1. Staining before finishing with Waterlox Original finishes. You may stain the floor following the manufacturer’s directions for cure time or wait 72 hours, whichever is longer, before applying coats of Waterlox Original finishes.
2. Adding stain to your first coat of Waterlox Original finishes.
You can also add stain to your first coat of Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish (up to a ratio of 4:1 Waterlox/stain. This method of staining eliminates a separate step and provides a smooth, even color change even on soft woods like pine which normally become blotchy. Simply brush on the mixture and let it dry, wiping off is not required.
Hope this answers your question with out turning into TOO much of a commercial!
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