Is oil based stain better than water based?
Keeping this in consideration, is wood stain oil based?
Oil Based Stain Oil-based wood stains are the most commonly used and they are what comes to may woodworkers mind when they think of wood stain. These stains will have a linseed oil base or a mixture of linseed with varnish which gives woodworkers plenty of time to wipe off any excess before the stain dries.
One may also ask, does oil based stain protect wood? If the wood is going to be in direct exposure to wind, rain, and sunlight, an oil-based stain is the best choice. This is because it is more durable than a water-base and will provide a more complete protective layer against these elements.
Consequently, is water based polyurethane as good as oil based?
Oil-based polyurethanes leave an amber glow and require fewer coats. Both water based and oil based poly offer good protection; the biggest difference is in appearance. It's actually the most durable hardwood floor finish. If you love the natural look of maple, apply a water-based (waterborne) polyurethane.
How long does oil based stain last?
Oil-based stain can be kept for 1 year if the cans have been opened, but unopened cans will last 2 - 3 yrs. Water-based stain will last 1 year, if opened, and 2 years, if unopened.