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1 qt. Ebony 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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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. Ebony 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
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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
275

Details

Application Method
Brush,Wipe On
Base Material
Oil Based
Color Family
Brown
Color/Finish
Ebony
Dry to touch (min.)
60
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
1
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Features
Fast Drying,Top Coat Required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Specialty Finish/Small Project
Product Form
Liquid
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
1
Transparency
Transparent
Vertical/Horizontal
Horizontal
Wood Effects
No Additional Effect

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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Customer Reviews

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  • 81% recommend this product
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Super easy to use and my client loved the outcome....
Super easy to use and my client loved the outcome. Color is richer in person and gets a bit darker after a day and being sealed. I did 2 passes and even stained some wood filler as well and it turned out great.
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    Love Colonial Maple - great for pine
    Love premium Colonial Maple stain. It makes pine looks like oak with a warm orange tone. When using with pre-conditioner, the color seems to be lighter, and I use 2 - 3 coats to get the deep color I want.
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      • Recommended
      Added the perfect finish to my new pantry cabinet
      Easy to apply and produced a nice warm tone to the plywood cabinets i am building ( see images)
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      Color changed!! Doesn’t store well.
      I purchased and used the “Traditional Cherry” (pictured) a few years ago for my new kitchen and hallway molding. The coverage was good but needed 3 coats on some wood to get it as dark as the rest. With each coat it took longer to dry (all took more than an hour) and the last coat remained a little tacky and lifted some when applying the polyurethane a full day later. Several months ago I opened one of the quart size cans. The stain had turned into a thick globby gel. 3/4 Full with the cover cleaned and sealed tight. Two remaining cans had done the same thing. Never had that happen before. I have 20+ years old cans of the other brand that are still good but not the right color. My problem: I never got around to replacing the doors in the hallway and kitchen and want to do that now but the color displayed on the can has changed from a “medium” cherry to a “light” cherry which won’t match the molding. What happened?!! With most cherry furniture being a medium tone, you’d think you could find that color easily in a stain!
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      Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 27, 2021
      Thank you for sharing your experience, Elaine. Over time the material inside will settle, so it is important that the container of the Rust-Oleum Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain is mixed very well. We need to know more about your application to make the best recommendation for you. Please feel free to call us at (800) 901-0411 to discuss further. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
        1 person found this helpful
        The dark walnut is a very nice stain to go...
        The dark walnut is a very nice stain to go with natural wood.
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          Looking Good
          I've bought the small can, because I didn't need much for my project. The weathered gray was my second to third choice, because HD didn't have the color I was looking for. The lid seems to be not very robust, because it deformed easily and a lot. I did apply three layers on pine lattice. The lattice actually twisted a bit.
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            Over 12 hours still not dry
            Put a fan on my bench but after 12 hours dry time my fingers got stain on them. I painted it on with a brush and wiped off with a cloth so it’s not on thick. I waited even longer to apply a clear sealer and the color was coming off. My wood was fully sanded and ready for stain. I would pass on this stain. I dripped some stain on the floor of the garage and this morning they are still wet which is good for clean up but not for my bench.
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportJul 1, 2021
            That is not what we like to hear! While it is mentioned that the stain was wiped, if any stain remains on the surface of the wood, it will not dry as expected. Our Varathane Fast Dry Stains are designed to dry quickly in the wood grain, however, they will not dry on the surface like a paint will. We recommend either applying another coat of stain to reactivate the stain, or use mineral spirits to do the same. Wipe the reactivated stain thoroughly with a rag in the direction of the wood grain to remove all excess. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
              2 people found this helpful
              Pre-Stain is truly not needed. With side-by-side conparison
              I work with wood a lot and was very septic so about the claim that pre-stain is not needed. I tested the stain with pre-stain and without and also for different setting times before wiping it off. I was delightfully surprised to see that pre-stain is absolutely not needed. I’m fact, using pre-stain caused LESS penetration than just putting it on the raw wood. The photo attached is for the ‘early American’ stain which I purchased at Home Depot. The wood is American pine sanded from 150 - 180 grit, per the instructions. Note: ‘PS’ means Pre-stain and ‘S’ means stain, followed by the number of minutes before I wiped it off. E.g. ‘PS-3 S-5’ means 3 mins for pre-stain 5 mins for stain. The top image shows the following treatments from left to right: S-5 ; S-3 ; PS-5 S-3 ; PS-5 S-5 ; PS-3 S-3 The bottom image from left to right shows: S-15 ; S-10 ; S-7 As you can see, the amount of time soaking really does impact the finish. For my floors, I’m going with 10 mins of stain before wiping off, but you can pick whatever timing gets the look you want. I’d advise against letting the stain set for longer than 15 mins. In my S-5 treatment, it was significantly harder to wipe off the stain, because it dries so quickly. I’d say 3-12 mins is probably the sweet spot for one coat. If you want it darker, you’ll want to use two coats (with the appropriate drying period in between them). Great product. I am extremely pleased and will be buying it again in the future. I typically use General Finishes products, but I’m a Varathane convert now!
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                • Recommended
                6 people found this helpful
                Excellent product. White washed prior to applying stain color.
                Excellent product. White washed prior to applying stain color.
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                • Recommended
                Worked great and coated well!!...
                Worked great and coated well!!
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                • Verified Purchase
                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.
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                • Recommended
                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
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                1 person found this helpful
                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.
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                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
                  Loved the color. I bought it for a welcome sign.
                  Loved the color. I bought it for a welcome sign.
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                    • Recommended
                    Rating provided by a verified purchaser...
                    Rating provided by a verified purchaser
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                    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.
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                    • Recommended
                    3 people found this helpful
                    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!
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                    Love, love, love this color. I have used this on...
                    Love, love, love this color. I have used this on a heirloom rocking horse I was restoring which came out beautiful, and I also used that same color on a window seat that I just refinished and am very happy with the color. I used a water base satin poly to seal it. Excellent !
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                    1 person found this helpful
                    On red oak, 1 coat was a beautiful white wash...
                    On red oak, 1 coat was a beautiful white wash finish. Was our pick out of about 6 different “whites”. Image is prior to cabinets being painted white.
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                    • Verified Purchase
                    It goes on very well, beautiful color. Darkens up to a perfect shade as you re-coat it if you pre...
                    It goes on very well, beautiful color. Darkens up to a perfect shade as you re-coat it if you prefer a darker color. I love it.
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                    • Recommended
                    Easy to use with a brush and the sprayer...
                    Easy to use with a brush and the sprayer
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                    • Verified Purchase
                    Love it! Great color for round wood signs!...
                    Love it! Great color for round wood signs!
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                    Ruined my project
                    I built a barn door and was getting ready to finish it up. I purchased this premium stain and it completely ruined my barn door. It applied dark like paint. It took much longer than an hour to dry and didn’t even show the grain of the wood. I had to sand it all down and paint the door white, which was not part of the plan. Going back to the store to get the standard stain.
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                    Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 16, 2021
                    Oh no, we can help. When applying the Rust-Oleum Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain, it is important to wipe away the excess wood stain so the wood grain can show through and the stain can dry properly. With soft woods, excessive absorption of the stain can occur too. In this case, you would need to make sure to condition the wood with the Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner first so that the stain will apply evenly.

                    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Wood-Conditioner-342087/305704375 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
                      2 people found this helpful
                      Perfect for a beginner!
                      This was my first ever stain and it worked perfectly. Even though it doesn't need a conditioner I still used one. Either way looked great when I tested it but when using a prestain it helped not make it darker. My thinking was I can go light to dark but not reverse. I used briarsmoke and it was gorgeous! Highly recommend it's a cool tone brown in my opinion and really pops off white accents.
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                        • Recommended
                        1 person found this helpful
                        Best stain on the market!
                        Great stain. I use this product for all my wood creations. Application is easy and results are satisfying. Great coverage.
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                        • Verified Purchase
                        My project came out cool, I used a couple of...
                        My project came out cool, I used a couple of different colors to give it a weathered look.
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                        Works perfect
                        I bought this to paint my bar stools legs because I don’t like the light brown color they had and this stain did the job perfectly. Highly recommended
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                          • Recommended
                          carbon gray stain
                          This is a very good dark stain to use for woodworking projects where you can still see the stain
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                            • Recommended
                            We were very happy with this product. It was easy to apply and the diy pallet headboard that we m...
                            We were very happy with this product. It was easy to apply and the diy pallet headboard that we made looked great! The stain really enhanced the natural wood grains and was the perfect color that we were looking for.
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                            • Recommended
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                            Rating provided by a verified purchaser
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