How long do I need to wait before adding a clear coat over a layer of wood stain?
In general the time listed on the can of wood stain is a little bit on the optimistic side.
The drying is timed in a warm room with low humidity so that way the product dries as fast as possible. This means the seller can put a lower time on the can, and sell more stain.
I recommend that you leave your stain to dry about 20% to 50% longer than it recommends on the can.
This way, you can be sure that your stain layer is nice and dry before adding your clear coat over the top.
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