Answer for Varnish vs. Polyurathane vs. Stain

Oil base finishes, Varnish and Polyurethane, have a slight yellow color (amber color). This color will darken with time but you should start off with a wood stain first then apply the finish. Make sure to test the stain color on a scrap piece of wood before applying to the entire project.

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Answer for Varnish vs. Polyurathane vs. Stain

Stain the surface using a stain that gives you the "color" that you want… then after the stain drys (4-6 hrs for oil stain) varnish it using a clear, satin finish polyurethane varnish…

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