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1 qt. Classic Clear Tint Base Water-Based Interior Wood Stain

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  • Trendy color in a penetrating wood wiping stain
  • Classic wood finish - layer coats to achieve rich, natural color
  • Wood stain recoats in 2 hours and covers 100 sq. ft. per quart
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Fast Drying Water Based Wood Stain

Fast Drying Water Based Wood Stain

Water-based stains dry quickly for easy application with soap and water clean up. Great choice for classic color on smaller projects.

Varathane Wood Care since 1958

Creating flawless finishes for over 60 years

Expert wood finishing quality since 1958 for the professional, DIY fixer upper, furniture maker or home restoration project.

Low Odor, Low VOC Wiping Stains

Low Odor, Low VOC Wiping Stains

Varathane Classic wood wiping stain offers low odor application with a low VOC formula.

Start by Sanding

Start by Sanding

Sand in the direction of wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper, and progress through 150, 180 and 220 grits.

Apply Water-Based Wood Conditioner

Apply Water-Based Wood Conditioner

Ensure beautiful, even color and prevent blotching on soft woods like pine with pre-stain wood conditioner.

Shake Stain Can Before Opening

Shake Stain Can Before Opening

Apply stain in a circular motion with lint-free cloth until wood is evenly saturated. Wipe off excess in direction of wood grain after 2-5 minutes.

Protect with a Poly Top Coat

Protect with a Poly Top Coat

Use Varathane Polyurethane to add a protective top coat over stained wood surfaces. Polys increase protection, durability and color retention.

Stain Furniture

Stain Furniture

Use as a wood furniture stain

Kitchen Cabinet Stain

Kitchen Cabinet Stain

Add rich color to cabinets

Craft Stain

Craft Stain

Create unique décor and gifts

Table Stain

Table Stain

Use to stain tables and chairs

Door Stain

Door Stain

Update your curb appeal

Low VOC Stain

Low VOC Stain

Great for people sensitive to odors and fumes

Varathane 1 qt. Classic Clear Tint Base Water-Based Interior Wood Stain provides a low odor, rich natural color that beautifully enhances the wood grain. Applies easily with high quality synthetic brush, lint-free cloth or foam applicator. Customize color or achieve a darker color by adding additional coats.
  • Designed to enhance natural grain of interior wood surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, doors, trim and more
  • Covers up to 100 sq. ft., recoat in 2 hours to build color
  • Semi-transparent formula provides a classic, natural color that allows wood grain to come through
  • Wood finish penetrates deeply providing long lasting protection
  • Tintable to over 46 timeless colors that provide the ability to match previously stained projects
  • Most surfaces or projects require only 1 coat, apply additional coats to further customize look
  • Final coat dries in 4 hours
  • Cleans easily with soap and water
  • For further protection, polyurethane may be applied
  • Allow 3 hours before applying topcoat
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1 qt. Classic Clear Tint Base Water-Based Interior Wood Stain
BrandBEHRBEHRVarathaneVarathane
Name1 qt. #TIS-580 White Wash Pickling Transparent Water-Based Fast Drying Interior Wood Stain1 qt. #TIS-502 Dark Walnut Transparent Water-Based Fast Drying Interior Wood Stain1 qt. Classic Espresso Water-Based Interior Wood Stain (2-Pack)1 qt. Classic Clear Tint Base Water-Based Interior Wood Stain
Price
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Ratings
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Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
TransparencyTransparentTransparentSemi-TransparentSemi-Transparent
Paint/Stain FeaturesFast Drying,Low Odor,Moisture Resistant,One Coat Coverage,Sealer,Top Coat RequiredFast Drying,Low Odor,Moisture Resistant,One Coat Coverage,Sealer,Top Coat RequiredLow Odor,No additional featuresTintable
Product FormLiquidLiquidLiquidLiquid
Wood EffectsWhitewashedNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional Effect
Number of coats recommended1111
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
100

Details

Application Method
Brush,Wipe On
Base Material
Water Based
Color Family
Assorted
Color/Finish
Clear
Dry to touch (min.)
60
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
1
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
Tintable
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Specialty Finish/Small Project
Product Form
Liquid
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
2
Transparency
Semi-Transparent
Vertical/Horizontal
Vertical / Horizontal
Wood Effects
No Additional Effect

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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Customer Reviews

  • 3.6
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  • 57% recommend this product
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I had this product tinted white, and am blown away...
I had this product tinted white, and am blown away by the ease of use and color transfer. I've used it on rough sawn pine as well as finish sanded hardwood. Is a great alternative to paint on the RSP, and it's basically wipe free whitewash on any sanded surface. Just brush it on and maintain a wet brush tip, there will be steaks. Then stop back and in less than a minute the streaks will fade away and you will see the finished results. If u desire deeper coverage I have found it can be 2nd coated in a half hour. The white areas in the attached picture is this Varathane product on rough sawn pine.
by Retsubllab
1 person found this helpful
This product has significant problems of pigment seperation where when...
This product has significant problems of pigment seperation where when applied white chunks of congealed paint appear on the work price. This has been experienced across multiple cans/time frames/stores. Would not suggest using it
by HomeDepotCustomer
Response from Rust-OleumSupportDec 28, 2020
Yikes, something is amiss here as this is not what we expect to hear! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further. When calling, please have your cans of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Wood Stain nearby, so we can collect the batch information from them. We hope you will give us a chance to try to make things right with you!
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
Great stuff, Varathane is the best!
I've been a hobby woodworker for over 20 years. I've used all different types of oil based finishes. I've only recently made the switch to water based stains and polyurethanes. Nothing compares to Varathane, nothing. The easy application, fast cleanup and amazing results are second to none. Low odor, no fumes... it's just great. Having so many colors available is the best idea yet. Try some, you'll like it. Just follow the directions.
by Matworz
3 people found this helpful
I am a user of mixed water based stain from MinWax. Due to recent shortages I was forced to go to...
I am a user of mixed water based stain from MinWax. Due to recent shortages I was forced to go to HD and have this product mixed. Having never used this brand I would have no knowledge of what to expect, but in comparing to the known MinWax line I was hopeful it would be similar. The Varathhane product I had mixed in white and also a brown. Both mixes were extremely thin and took "Multiple" applications to cover like the Min Wax would in 1-2 coats. The Varathane white I would have to compare to 2% milk reduced 300% with water. The attached picture of white was in MinWax with two applications. It took 7 applications of the Varathane to achieve the same coverage on another set. Its probably OK, but not what I need
by Whitesatin
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 18, 2020
Thank you for sharing your experience using our Varathane Water-Based Clear Tint-Base Wood Stain. The photo seems to be showing a nearly solid color appearance, which is not what our stains are designed to achieve. These wiping stains are intended to be applied, then wiped, to create a translucent color on bare wood surfaces. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
2 people found this helpful
This was exactly what we were looking for to give the new bead board ceiling in our bathroom the ...
This was exactly what we were looking for to give the new bead board ceiling in our bathroom the beachy feel. We applied, then wiped off fairly quickly so the knots almost didn’t take on any stain. This gave it a bit of a weathered look which is what we were going for.
by Brownie
1 person found this helpful
Deep, Rich Color
I went with this product because I needed a water-based stain. My project was to stain a picture frame and apply an epoxy coating for a smart mirror. The stain is very low odor, which was really a plus. I went with the Deep Aubergine tint and was not disappointed. I used two coats to get the desired results. I used a foam brush for application and clean cloths to wipe away excess. Because I was in my basement (cool), it took a while to dry. Getting the stain to apply evenly can take some work but it can be done with patience. I’m very happy with the end result and will be using this for additional smart mirror projects.
by TechMinimus
1 person found this helpful
Its thick and very glossy. Once it flows out looks great and dries it high gloss finish.
Its thick and very glossy. Once it flows out looks great and dries it high gloss finish.
by ADAMAR
I used On existing cabinets for a touchup on a whitewash cabinet service I match color on site cu...
I used On existing cabinets for a touchup on a whitewash cabinet service I match color on site customer very satisfied
by HomeDepotCustomer
2 people found this helpful
blended well into blue color - color held through drying process , even on pressure treated beams.
blended well into blue color - color held through drying process , even on pressure treated beams.
by fr33byrd
Rating provided by a verified purchaser...
Rating provided by a verified purchaser
by HomeDepotCustomer
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