Product Incompatability Alert:

Minwax "Water Based Stain" is not compatable with epoxy - and probably not spar varnish as well. Applying epoxy by brush to Minwax "Water Based Stain" stained wood will severly fisheye as if the surface is contaminated with wax - (MINWAX).

I learned this too late after an unsuccessfull attempt to locate a specific stain tone from Mohawk "Ultra Penetrating Stain". I am now in the process of removing the Minwax stain. -- As recommended by CLC: check the compatibility of a stain with 'real world' epoxy.

Do Not Believe a simple product label or product description claim. The product vehicle may be water based but the supported pigment may be an emulsified oil or wax based product.

Nothing else to add due to the probability that my post would be censored...


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RE: Product Incompatability Alert:


Nothing wrong with a heads up. I used General Finishes water based dye. I raised the grain with water, lightly sanded and applied the dye. Very easy to work with. They do have an alcohol base version too. The water based gave me a longer working time.


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I called Minwax customer support - technical department and explained what had occurred with their so called 'water based stain' - absolutely no help at all. The tech said that their products are only compatable with other Minwax products... I wanted to use some harsh terms with the tech but refrained - as I did in the first post.

Thanks for your reply - I'll check General Finishes out...


RE: Product Incompatability Alert:

   If I may...a suggestion for CLC: Please stock more of the Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain - additional colors toward a honey tone or light oak. Thanks!

RE: Product Incompatability Alert:

   Test run Test run Test run. 
Saves a lot of work. Hope it turns out well for you.

BTW I used Mohawk. You can find the full array of colors if you search online.

Good Luck PP

RE: Product Incompatability Alert:

   Thanks PP!!

We have decided to replace the planking - all of it. Just spoke with sales at CLCfor the special order.

You are so right - Test run, Test run, Test run - also saves great big tear drops!

I found and ordered the correct Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain but will Test run anyhow!!

Thanks again,

Bill C.

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