Do you stain wood before or after epoxy?

A common question asked by first-time epoxy users is whether or not to stain a table before applying an epoxy finish. The short answer is yes, you’ll want to stain your table before you apply an epoxy coating. Here’s why:

Should you stain before or after epoxy?

Should you stain before or after epoxy

When you’re staining wood, there’s no right or wrong answer as far as whether you should stain before or after the epoxy.

However, it’s important to note that if your project involves a lot of stain, it might be best to go ahead and apply it first so that the epoxy doesn’t have to cover any color.

But why not just wait until the epoxy has cured completely? If you do this and then try to sand off any ridges from your application (which is always recommended), they can really show up in an ugly way on top of all that beautiful stained wood.

Can I stain wood then epoxy it?

Staining is used to change the color of your wood. Epoxy, on the other hand, gives your wood a glass-like finish and makes it waterproof.

You can stain wood before or after epoxy, but there are some things you need to consider first:

How long after staining can I epoxy?

How long after staining can I epoxy

The first thing to know is that if you’re using a water-based stain, you should wait 24 hours for it to dry before applying epoxy.

This will allow the wood fibers time to absorb the stain and seal off any open pores that could absorb moisture from your epoxy coating.

If you are using an oil-based stain (polyurethane) make sure to wait a minimum of 6-8 hours before applying your epoxy coating, which will help ensure even coverage on all surfaces.

How do you prep wood before epoxy?

You can also use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water to clean the wood, but this will remove any remaining glue or stain from your piece.

Clean the surface with acetone or denatured alcohol, then wipe away any dust. Sand down any parts of your project that may have been damaged during shipping and handling. We recommend using 220 grit paper for this step.

If you are applying an oil-based epoxy to bare wood, it’s best to wipe down the surface with acetone first so that there is no moisture present when you apply it. This will ensure that your epoxy cures properly and won’t shrink away from the grain of the wood.

After sanding and before applying any finish, vacuum up all debris in order to prevent scratches later on when you’re working with tools like scrapers or sanding blocks

Can you pour epoxy over stain?

Can you pour epoxy over stain

No, you can’t pour epoxy over stain. As with most things in life, there are some exceptions to this rule—but for the most part, it’s true.

Epoxy is not a stain and it will react with the stain and cause discoloration if you paint it on top of an existing wood surface that has been stained.

However, if you want to use a stain before pouring epoxy (which I recommend), then it’s possible to do so after waiting for your epoxy coating to cure completely.

Just make sure that all traces of any old stains are gone before pouring new coats of epoxy; otherwise, they’ll get mixed together!

Does epoxy change wood color?

Epoxy will change the color of wood. The color will vary depending on the type of wood you are using and the type of epoxy you are using. If you want to change the color of your wood, you should stain it first.

Epoxy is not exactly like stain, but it does have similar properties that allow it to penetrate deep into wood fibers and seal them from exposure to moisture, sunlight and other elements that may cause further damage or discoloration over time.

Can you pour epoxy over water-based stain?

It’s best to let the surface dry before applying the epoxy. A good rule of thumb is that epoxy should be dry to touch before applying another coat.

When you do allow it to dry, cover any parts of your project that you don’t want stained with tarps or cardboard so they don’t get stained by accident.

Once your project is completely dried and sealed with an epoxy finish, you can stain it however you like.

How do you keep epoxy from staining?

How do you keep epoxy from staining

If you’re worried about staining, there are a few options for preventing it. When coating your wood with epoxy, use a stain-blocking primer first.

This will help prevent the penetration of more liquid stains and make it easier to clean up any spills that happen later on in your project.

Next, consider using gel stains rather than oil or water-based stains if you want to avoid staining altogether. Gel paints tend not to bleed into porous surfaces like other types of paint do—but keep in mind that they can also be difficult to apply evenly if they’re not applied right out of the can (they need some time to “flash off”).

If this seems like too much work or too many steps just to avoid staining your deck furniture set, then you may want something simpler: try using either an all-in-one cleaner/conditioner product such as 303 Protectant or another great option like Big Easy Cleaner Wax!


At the end of the day, using our method will ensure you get a perfect look on your epoxy project. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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