How to Mix Stain With Polyurethane

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One step stain and polyurethane finishes for wood have become popular in recent years. The ease of application and quick finish time have made this a high demand product among woodworkers. The limited number of available colors in the stain is a major downfall, but a person can mix the stain and polyurethane himself to get the shade he wants.

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Step 1

Stir the stain in its container to assure a consistent color throughout the stain.

Step 2

Stir the polyurethane using a stirring stick. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.

Step 3

Pour even parts of the stain and polyurethane into the separate paint bucket.

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Step 4

Stir the mixture until the color is completely even. If the container is not completely full, it can be slightly tipped to the side to allow for better mixing.

Step 5

Cover and mark the container with the stain color by brushing a little amount of the mix on the lid for future reference. If the mix is stored for more than a few days, it will be necessary to thoroughly stir the mix prior to use.

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