Originally Posted by jellydonut
when you put 2 coats on, i dont understand why it has to be wet on wet or put it on wet on dry? What would happen if the instructions are wet on wet and you do wet on dry? does it even matter?!?!
Well...it's not like paint that goes on like a film over a wall
Paint actually should be dry before re-coating
If there's a chemist about, or a good googler, maybe we'll get a specific technical answer, but...
The best way I can explain it is;
The one-coat stain is also a sealer, and it needs to absorb into the wood
If the first coat dries before the second coat, then the second coat won't sink into the wood like it should
From Personal/Professional Experience:
I know for a fact you can (technically it can be done) wait for it to dry, but the second coat won't absorb (and color) like you want it too
It won't fall off or anything....it's just not really the best way
It tends to pool more...and can even get blotchy
Best bet is to read the can
It will tell you if the product can be second coated, and if the first coat has to be wet or dry