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1 qt. Early American Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain

  • One coat coverage, premium wiping stain highlights wood grain
  • Fast dry wood stain creates rich color that dries in 1 hour
  • Easy to use wood finish covers up to 275 sq. ft. per quart
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Product Overview

Classic Penetrating Wood Stains

Classic Penetrating Wood Stains – Build Color

Classic color in a wiping wood stain with ultimate control. Reclaim the beauty of wood surfaces including maple, oak, pine and more.

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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.

Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains

Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains – One Coat Coverage

High performance, fast drying stain with one coat application. Perfect wood tone and enhanced wood grain in less time.

Start by Sanding

Start by Sanding

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

Classic Penetrating Stain

Classic Penetrating Stain

Apply stain with the grain using a high quality brush or lint free cloth. Layer coats to build rich color.

One Coat Fast Stain

One Coat Fast Stain

Cover with one liberal coat. Allow to penetrate for 5-10 minutes. Remove excess stain by wiping with cloth in direction of grain.

Protect with Poly

Protect with Poly

Use Varathane Polyurethane over surfaces stained with Varathane Classic or Fast Dry. Polys increase protection, durability and color retention.

Stain Furniture

Stain Furniture

Use as a wood furniture stain

Wood Floor Stain

Wood Floor Stain

Stains wood floors

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 stain chairs

Door Stain

Door Stain

Update your curb appeal

Varathane 1 qt. Early American Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain provides high quality color in 1 coat to enhance the natural beauty of interior wood surfaces. Fast drying formula dries in 1 hour and uses nano pigments to offer superior color and coverage. Superior wood stain saves time, energy and provides a great value. Easy to apply with a good quality synthetic brush or clean lint free rag without the need for pre-stain or wood conditioner.
  • One coat coverage, enhances natural grain of interior wood surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, doors, trim, floors, paneling and more
  • Achieves rich, deep color in one coat - covers up to 275 sq. ft. per quart
  • Semi-transparent, high performance stain features nano pigments for ultimate color clarity
  • Premium formula seals wood pores and enhances wood grain with superior coverage
  • Available in a wide variety of trendy and vintage colors to finish any project
  • Dries in 1 hour saving time on projects
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Top coat with Varathane polyurethane for durable, long lasting protection
  • No wood conditioner required prior to application
  • Click to view the matching Lifeproof Vinyl Plank Color
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

Info & Guides

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


Application Method
Brush,Wipe On
Base Material
Oil Based
Color Family
Early American
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Number per Package
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Features
Fast Drying,Top Coat Required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Specialty Finish/Small Project
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Time before recoating (hours)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers


Donde puedo conseguir ese tipo de color? He ido a dos HD y no lo habia en existencia...

Asked by sonia June 14, 2021

can this be used on floors that are sanded down? Any other product needed? How soon after applica...

Asked by Fran2021 May 25, 2021

Hi Fran, thank you for reaching out! Prior to applying our Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain, all existing stains and finishes must be removed by sanding the flooring with a floor sander. Once the wood is prepared according to the label instructions, the stain may be applied, and the excess stain wiped away after a few minutes. The stain must then be protected using several coats of a floor-grade polyurethane, such as our Varathane Floor Finish Water-Based Polyurethane: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-gal-Clear-Satin-Water-Based-Floor-Polyurethane-2-Pack-230231/202057141 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Is there a single product contains stain and polyurethane

Asked by Len May 25, 2021

Yes, the Varathane, and other brands.

I am confused as to what this product is. I have read conflicting information. It says to sand ...

Asked by ST May 15, 2021

Happy to clear things up! This is a listing for Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain. This product is intended for use on bare, sanded wood, so that is can best penetrate and stain the surface. Excess stain must be wiped away to allow for proper drying. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

I stained my interior closet barn doors with oil-based Varathane Carbon Gray Wood Stain. I want t...

Asked by LC1055 May 4, 2021

Happy to help! Yes, Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain can be topcoated with the water-based polyurethane. We recommend the 4 coats to ensure full durability and protection of the surface. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Is this product oil based? It doesn't say. Thank you

Asked by John May 1, 2021

We'll be happy to clear that up for you, John! The Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Fast Dry Stain is an oil-based stain. We hope this helps! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 1

Is Worn Navy discontinued?

Asked by SHW14048DKNY April 22, 2021

Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, To better answer your question, please contact the HD.com customer service department at 800-430-3376 call any day between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. EST, or call your local store, they can either answer your question or transfer you to your local store to answer your specific question. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 1

I have done a bunch of painting before but this is the first time I have stained anything and I m...

Asked by Nancy April 8, 2021

Use citristrip and try again. It’s a beautiful color when done right. This stain will allow the wood grain to show through. If you want a heavier look, try an opaque stain.

can i use multable layers to darken it up a tad

Asked by doug March 22, 2021

Happy to help, Doug! Yes, another application of Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain can be applied. Just make sure any excess stain is removed after each application to ensure proper drying. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Does Varathane Barn Red wood stain come in 8 oz. containers?

Asked by Charles March 19, 2021

Thank you for reaching out! The Rust-Oleum Varathane Fast Dry Stain in Barn Red is not available in an 8 oz size and only available in a quart. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 1

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.3
    out of 3,653 reviews
  • 81% recommend this product
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Good product
Went on beautifully and was just the right amount of medium brown to lessen the red in my mahogany dining chairs. Did not need to sit long on the conditioned wood before reaching the right tone. There is a strong smell but I always wear a filter mask so not a problem. Would use again.
by Jacb
Worked great and coated well!!...
Worked great and coated well!!
by Grammaof6
I used it on a whiskey barrel that I made into a bar cabinet. It came out great looking. I would...
I used it on a whiskey barrel that I made into a bar cabinet. It came out great looking. I would use it again and would recommend it.
by Tee
I purchased red Oak unstained cabinets. I used the sun...
I purchased red Oak unstained cabinets. I used the sun bleached stain. It came out so beautiful I love it I’m going to continue to do my island and perhaps my steps in the same stain
Black Cherry, you mean purple right?!
We bought the black cherry color for our cornhole boards thinking it would be a nice reddish brown color. IT IS PURPLE. We wanted two wood tones for the colors but instead we get this. While we still think they look nice, how the color turned out is not at all what the can shows.
by En2021
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 14, 2021
Let's talk about this! Prior to each application, it is essential that Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain is applied in a test area first. This is because the wood species used for the application will affect the final color.
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
Aged Barrel
This stain color is so beautiful! It’s a grey brown and goes perfectly with our farmhouse design. We stained these pine doors with it, one coat. We did not seal it, we love the unfinished wood look. It’s perfect for an aged weathered look we wanted. Dries very quickly.
by Arcay
Loved the color. I bought it for a welcome sign.
Loved the color. I bought it for a welcome sign.
by JLG
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Rating provided by a verified purchaser
by HomeDepotCustomer
Looks great
I mixed ebony and kona togther to get the look i wanted. Came out slightly darker than i wamted but thats on me and not the product. Stair treads do look amazing. I used the staining pads which made it very easy to apply.
by crazystang70
Went on beautifully. I didn't know what to expect on...
Went on beautifully. I didn't know what to expect on this project. The floors are over 100 years old and hadn't been cared for. Sanding only helped with some of the marks, so I wasn't expecting much other than protecting the floors (adding 3 layers of poly also) from now on. I have received so many compliments on the floor! The color is beautiful!
by Sensiblecc
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