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1 qt. Kona Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain

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  • 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. Kona 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
Kona
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
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
1
Transparency
Transparent

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.3
    out of 3,732 reviews
  • 81% recommend this product
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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.
by LPTexas
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
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!
by Wesquire
2 people found this helpful
Excellent product. White washed prior to applying stain color.
Excellent product. White washed prior to applying stain color.
by Fansac
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
by BELINDA
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
1 person found this helpful
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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