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Can Water Based and Oil Base Products Be Used Over Each Other?

  • The answer is yes – but the underlying finish must be absolutely dry.
  • The first situation is water based topcoat over oil based stain. You need to allow our oil based products, such as Java Gel Stain, to dry at least 72 hours before coating with High Performance.
  • The reverse scenario is using an oil based topcoat over a water based stain or milk paint. Allow water based finishes to dry at least 24 hours before applying an oil based product.
  • Remember: oil based finishes amber over time, do not use them over white or very light colors.