Can You Stain Over Finished Wood?

Can you stain over sealed wood?

If the object you’re hoping to stain has been sealed with a topcoat, you won’t be able to restain it, but you can go over it with a coating or a colored stain blend.

As an alternative, you could color the wood with an oil-based paint, but the opacity of the oil-based paints can hide the grains..

Can you stain over existing finish?

When staining over an existing finish, it’s much easier and safer to go darker rather than lighter. Keep in mind, because you’re applying a new stain to an existing color and finish, the color you choose will be altered because the original finish will show through somewhat.

Can you stain over already stained wood?

If the wood you are refinishing already has a clear protective finish, you need to test for adhesion before applying PolyShades®. A few simple rules to keep in mind: PolyShades® will work over stained wood (meaning it does not have a clear protective finish) or wood topcoated with a polyurethane-based finish.

What happens when you put stain over polyurethane?

It’s not a common practice, but you can apply stain — if it’s gel stain — over polyurethane. It won’t penetrate like stain, so you won’t get the same grain patterns. Think of gel stain as a type of opaque paint. If you really want to change the color without stripping, gel stain can do it.

Can you apply wood stain over paint?

Stain over paint is suitable for smaller projects like refurbishing old furniture or even decorating doors and woodwork. It’s a great way to transform a thrift store. Or, you might stain a child’s painted bedroom dresser and turn it into adult-worthy guest room furniture.