Varathane 1 qt. Kona Stain and Polyurethane are a fast and simple solution that allows you to stain and protect wood in just one step. Use to highlight wood's beauty on furniture, cabinets and more. Superior scratch resistance.
Perfect for interior wood finishing projects like furniture, trim, cabinets, doors and paneling
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
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out of 36 reviews
18% recommend this product
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Feb 6, 2021
never use this product
I tried two times this product. First times I thought I didn't stirred well. leave a lot white cloud spots on my cabinet doors. Second time I stirred very well, same white spots on my cabinet doors. How this kind product is on the market? What can I do to fix these white cloud spots.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportFeb 8, 2021
That's odd! If the finish is hazy, it most likely means that there was moisture in the surface, and it became trapped under the coating. It is also essential that the surface is clean at the time of application and that any imperfections are repaired as well. We want to gather more details about your experience with Rust-Oleum Varathane Stain and Polyurethane and get to the bottom of this. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
Aug 7, 2020
I followed directions exactly and extremely unhappy with the results. Product goes on about the consistency of old nail polish, sanding after letting it dry for almost 20 hours seems to make this peel off in little clumps. After the final coat it looks more like I used cheap industrial brown paint instead of achieving a beautiful Kona finish.
Feels like I waisted my time preparing and sanding beautifully grained red oak and building this desktop as well as money ( sand paper, stain, wood, hardware and brushes) to achieve a lackluster finished product.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 10, 2020
Uh-oh, we understand your frustration, Chris. Different wood species may absorb the Rust-Oleum Varathane Stain + Polyurethane differently. This is why we do suggest a test application on the label for the product to ensure desired results. For deeper color, additional coats may required. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass this along appropriately. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5
May 11, 2020
Stay away !
I've been a custom woodworker for over 20 years. I've always used minwax stains & clears, both latex and poly with great success.
I had to try this stuff out of desperation because of the quarantine and i regret it.
I didn't find it particularly difficult to apply and I'll say that it did eventually end up looking good, it was NOT worth the grief.
This stuff pools like crazy leaving leaving streaks of heavy and much darking coating on the edges that are virtually impossible to work out. I discovered that if you wait until its tacky you're better off using a piece of sharp edged soft wood to literally scrape the pooled product off. If you do it carefully you can do it pretty evenly save for a blotch here and there.
Anything else you try will surely create An absolute disaster.
The other huge problem with this stuff is drying time . The can says it's recordable after an hour, What this is not true because it stays tacky for hours and hours before you can ever touch it with your 220 grit.
I am writing this right now because after 3 and a 1/2 hours of waiting for it to dry enough to sand, I'v decided to kill time by writing this review.
And believe me you do have to send this stuff at least after the 1st coat .
At this point I'm not sure I'll even get the final coat on today.
If I had gone with Conventionally separate stain and clear i would be applying the final coat right now.
Never again will i use this garbage. My biggest regret is that i now have to find a way to dispose of this crap without poisoning the planet.
I should mention that i have used the minwax version and although it pools too, its easy to work the pooling out and it both dries a whole lot faster and actually soaks into the wood better. This junk sits on top until its completely dried & cured. What a pain.
If you're trying to make something look aged & warn, this is the only place you will like this stuff because after a few hours you can actually scrape it off leaving the wood looking like it once was painted but wore off. (See photo)
And yes, i keep my shop warm.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 15, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! To help ensure an even finish, the surface needs to be sanded as directed and if used over a softer wood, we do recommend conditioning the wood. When applying Rust-Oleum Varathane Stain and Polyurethane, you also need to watch for the humidity level in the area and the ventilation in the space. These factors also contribute to proper drying. When brushing, make sure to brush in the direction of the grain until there is a uniform film on the surface. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
Apr 18, 2018
I purchased the Varatahne Kona Stain and Poly at the recommendation of Home Depot paint represent...
I purchased the Varatahne Kona Stain and Poly at the recommendation of Home Depot paint representative (from Varathane.) This product is replacing the Minwax Polyshades (which I like a lot.) I am an amateur woodworking-with a lot of experience finishing with stains, polys, and poly stains. It is always tricky till you get a product figured out. With the Varathane, I am baffled. The finish goes on great, but as it dries, there are bare places. See the attached photo. Is this is a reaction to something that I am doing? This is the 4th coat on cabinet grade plywood. I am waiting 24 hours between coats, machine sanding lightly in between with 220, and wiping away all the dust with a tack cloth. Brushed this last coat in the crossing direction (and I use a decent brush.) Maybe the tack cloth is leaving a residue that the Varathane Poly does not like, or perhaps something in the sandpaper? Ignore the one-coat-promo on the can. I hope this is helpful.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 19, 2018
Something is amiss here! It sounds like you are experiencing fish eye development, which is caused when a contaminant on the surface being coated is actively pushing away the paint or stain, leaving bare spots. As long as the contaminant remains, these bare spots will reappear, regardless of the number of coats applied. Since this our Varathane Stain and Polyurethane is a water-based finish, the contaminant may be an oil or grease residue. To correct this issue, we recommend sanding the bare areas, then cleaning with a degreaser or soap and water to remove the contaminant. Once the surface is clean and dry, the Stain and Polyurethane may be reapplied to the surface. We recommend a minimum of 2-3 coats when applying our Varathane Stain and Polyurethane. The mention of one application on the label is meant to inform our customers that this product is a stain and polyurethane in one, and purchasing stain and polyurethane is not necessary when using this product. We hope that this helps answer your questions and concerns. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 if you have any questions about the application, we will be happy to help! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
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Sep 8, 2021
Worst product ever purchased at Home Depot hands down
The product even when the directions are followed perfectly fall far short of anything you should purchase. Uneven spread, incredibly thick in no way a professional or semi-professional product. So may Home Depot products are fabulous, this should be dropped from their line.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportSep 9, 2021
That is odd to hear, and not at all what we expect from our Varathane Water-Based Stain and Polyurethane. As this is a tinted polyurethane, several thin coats are needed to ensure adequate thickness and an even color is produced. The polyurethane should not be thick, and it is possible that a broken seal may have led to the product thickening prior to use. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to get to the bottom of this and try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
Mar 25, 2021
Extremely counter productive
Funny the company is replying to all these reviews and blaming customers. Well, if there are THAT many people having issues, it's just a bad product. As a professional who has a lot of experience with wood finishes, I can confirm this.
It's a self-defeating product. It has to go on thin to be even, not run, and dry within 48 hours. However, the product is so thick, that when you put it on thinly with a brush, there isn't enough to be absorbed by the wood pores. The brush just runs over the micro-crevices in the grain. Then if you put it on thicker, it clumps, streaks, and takes days to dry. There is no winning.
The only way I've been able to get it to work is forcefully pushing a staining pad into the wood, up and down the grain. At that point, my hands and arms are cramping, and it's not worth it to not just use separate stain and poly.
Just a bad product.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 26, 2021
That is not what we like to hear, JJ! Our Varathane Water-Based Stain and Polyurethane is a tinted water-based polyurethane coating, and applies the same as a clear polyurethane. We recommend applying thin, even coats with a high quality, synthetic bristle brush, working in the direction of the grain. It will take several coats to build up the polyurethane finish, which will create the durable polyurethane film, and create an even color. If a separate stain and polyurethane is preferred, we have several stain and polyurethane options available as well. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
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Jan 13, 2021
I purchased the Stain and Poly quart size Expresso color. Other stain brands were out of stock. Upon application on wood trim in our living room, the product clumped and streaked unevenly. The application sagged where the clumps formed. Dry time is more like 24 hrs and not the 1or 2 hrs. This product is not a substitute for better quality brands. Most likely you will be disappointed with it.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportJan 15, 2021
It sounds like the coating may have been applied too heavily if it was sagging as it dried. We recommend applying our Varathane Stain and Polyurethane in thin, even coats, building up the thickness of the coating over several applications. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
Nov 9, 2020
It does not matter if you have the proper ventilation or humidity this is a horrible product.
You will achieve a mess if you use this product. When the product says "Scratch resistant" hmm. After it dried more than 24 hours went to vac sanding dust and it left marks. After weeks of trying to work with this product-(horrible). It was not worth it. Problems I notice- It is too thick. It bubbles up. Application with the grain and you get splotches where despite an even application tension the product will be too thick in an area. The formula is off and too many applications will make the problems worse. I tried brushes, foam brushes, trowels and nothing. One thing is nice about the product though- Kona is a nice color. I cannot give this any stars because it has too many issues. Call me picky. I had to completely remove the product all together and I am back to starting over.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportNov 9, 2020
Let's talk about this, Dre! When applying Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Stain and Polyurethane, we recommend using a high quality synthetic bristle brush. Apply a thin coat until a uniform film has been achieved. To prevent brush marks, avoid excessive brushing. Some grain raise may occur. If so, lightly sand the surface using 220 grit sandpaper. In ideal conditions, this product fully cures after 7 days. We recommend avoiding scratching or abrading the surface before this point as the coating will not have reached full hardness before that point. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
Oct 21, 2020
I probably don’t need to dig into the minutiae here, many other reviewers have already done me the privilege. Bottom line - workability, dry time, and a satisfactory end result are virtually not guaranteed with this product. One potential bonus is you won’t need to spend extra on cabinet hardware, since this stuff should stay tacky for years. Just stick your finger on the door, and that should be enough to open it.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportOct 22, 2020
Yikes, that's not what we like to hear! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further about your experience with Rust-Oleum Varathane Stain and Polyurethane. We hope you will give us a chance to try to make things right with you! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
Sep 26, 2020
Oder in house
I sanded my mom's table dusted stained with a stain brush ,lightly sanded top again and applied another coat.The table looked good left it in the carport overnight.Brought it into my house after 24 hrs. The fumes got so unbearable for my husband and myself we carried it to our detached garage overhang and left it for 5 days brought it back in about 4 hours latter took it back out due to the smell.What can I do about the smell?
Response from Rust-OleumSupportSep 28, 2020
That's odd, Barb! In ideal conditions, Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Stain and Polyurethane fully dries after 24 hours. Heavier coats, cooler temperatures, or higher humidity can extend the dry times. Once the surface cured and if an odor remains, we recommend gently washing the surface down with some soap and water. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3