Can you put oil based stain over water based stain on deck?

Asked By: Waled Delong | Last Updated: 18th May, 2020
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It's OK to use oil-based stain over water-based as long as you clean and prepare the existing surface well.

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Also, can you use a water based stain over an oil based stain?

ANSWER: Yes! but the underlying finish has to be absolutely dry. When using a water based topcoat over an oil based stain, allow oil based finishes, such as Java Gel Stain, to dry at least 72 hours before coating with a water based topcoat. → Oil based finishes amber over time.

Also, can you put oil based stain over latex stain? NOPE - you absolutely cannot use latex over oil on a deck unless its some specially formulated stain made for that purpose. Oil based stains tend to work the best on decks and hold up well in most markets.

Also asked, should I use oil or water based deck stain?

Oil molecules are smaller than water molecules so it penetrates better in comparison. The better a wood decking stain penetrates the better it performs and lasts. By nature, oil based deck stains are easier to apply than water based. Oils stains are normally more natural looking than water based stains.

Can you put decking oil on top of stain?

Anyway, don't apply oil over a deck stain. The deck stain works because it contains pigment and a binder (usually oil or water-based finish) to bond the pigment in the wood. With some brands, there may be so little binder that a second coat is recommended.

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Do they make a water based stain?

No. Water-based stains dry very quickly, making them difficult to apply evenly over large surfaces. For very large areas such as floors, we recommend an oil-based product such as Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain.

How long does oil based stain take to dry?

Indoors: Most oil based stains will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours and a recoat can generally be applied in roughly 2 hours. A recommended time of 8 hours (minimum) is recommended before applying a topcoat.

Can I put water sealer over stain?

And actually, the answer is YES—you can use our EMTECH water-based sealer or top coat over the oil stain. The beauty of all our water-based sealers and topcoats is that they'll level and adhere to whatever solvent- or oil-based stain you've used.

Is wood stain a sealer?

Most stains should be sealed to prevent bleeding. After smoothing the stained wood, apply a sealer coat of thinned shellac, sanding sealer, or other appropriate sealer. Do not use shellac with NGR or water-base stains. If you plan to finish the piece with polyurethane, make sure the sealer is compatible.

How do you tell if stain is oil or water based?


Oil based stains are somewhat more water resistant than the water based finishes. Due to this, by sprinkling a little water onto the stained area you can tell if the stain is water or oil based. Simply wait for a minute and see if the water beads up. If it does, then you have an oil based stain.

Can you use sanding sealer after staining?

Sanding sealer or any other coating material goes on after the stain. Doing it the other way is incorrect which goes some way to explaining the conflicting advice. If you apply stain after sealing, you are effectively applying a toner, not a stain.

What is the best deck stain sealer?

The Best Deck Stains
  • BEST FOR HIGHLIGHTING WOOD GRAIN: Woodrich Timber Oil Deep Penetrating Stain.
  • BEST FOR SAME-DAY PREP-AND-STAIN APPLICATION: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain.
  • BEST FOR OLD DECKS: SaverSystems #1 Deck Premium Stain.
  • BEST FOR NEW DECKS: Ready Seal Natural Exterior Stain and Sealer.

What is the best deck stain on the market?

The following top 10 deck stains are rated from one to five stars, based on the consumer criteria identified above.
  1. Sikkens Cetol Dek Finish.
  2. Cabot Decking Stain 1480.
  3. Sikkens Cetol SRD.
  4. Cabot Semi-Transparent Deck and Siding Stain 6300.
  5. Wolman Durastain.
  6. DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain.
  7. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Deck Stain.

Is Behr deck stain oil or water based?

BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is available in 60 custom colors that add beauty while allowing the natural wood grain to show through. The alkyd/acrylic formula combines the benefits of an oil-based finish and the convenient clean up of a water-based product.

Can you apply deck stain with a roller?

A paint roller can be used to roll stain on. A wide 18-inch roller may work well for staining a few fence or deck boards at a time but a mop or stain pad will hold more stain lessening the amount of time you have to dip back into the stain bucket.

What is the best water based deck stain?

6 Best Deck Stains in 2020 – Oil-Based & Water-Based Deck Stain
Product Name Deck Stain Types Rating
1. Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Exterior Wood Stain Semi Transparent 4.4
2. Ready Seal Natural Cedar Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer Semi Transparent 4.6
3. Thompson's Water Seal Transparent Stain Clear 4.3

What happens if you stain over stain?


If the object you're hoping to stain has been sealed with a topcoat, you won't be able to restain it, but you can go over it with a coating or a colored stain blend. As an alternative, you could color the wood with an oil-based paint, but the opacity of the oil-based paints can hide the grains.

How do you prepare an old deck for staining?

  1. Prep. Before you apply stain, make sure the surface is clean (no dust, dirt, wood fibers or grease), dry and free from mildew.
  2. Strip. Liberally apply SuperDeck® Stain & Sealer Remover using a roller.
  3. Neutralize. With a pump sprayer, apply the SuperDeck Revive® product.
  4. Water Drop Test.
  5. Stain.
  6. Enjoy.
  7. The BEFORE & AFTER

Do I need to strip deck before restaining?

Staining a previously stained deck
Quickly peel up the tape. If there are flakes of your stain on the tape, then you will need to strip your deck before restaining.