I am decorating an unfinished toy box for my daughter, I have already stained it.I didnt know if I should do a second coat of stain? I will also be painting designs over the stain & wasn't sure which kind of varnish or clear coat I should use, I was thinking polyurethane. Can you use that over both paint and stain? Any suggestions? Thank you. -Michelle
Last edited by mchllgrfl143; 11-12-2010 at 12:29 AM.
i wouldnt do another coat of stain unless the product you are using recommends that on the back of the can. often times, people apply too much stain or an uneeded second coat. the excess stain cant penetrate into the wood and just gels on top of the first coat. this makes it very easy for the stain to scratch off.
theres a few varnishes you can use. my favorites are Dalys Profin. they make a satin and gloss finish. they are great because the finish can just be wiped on with a rag. if you are looking for a duller look, Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish is very nice. if you decide to use other products, make sure to read the label because many 'clear coats' are either amber in color or are oil based and will yellow over time.