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4 oz. Less Mess Dark Walnut Wood Stain and Applicator (4 Pack)

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  • Premium water based wood stain designed for small projects
  • 2-in-1 interior stain includes sponge tip for easy application
  • Low odor wood stain dries fast with greater color control
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Less Mess Wood Stain provides fast, easy, rich color that enhances the natural beauty in wood without the mess of a traditional stain. Our sponge tip allows for greater color control and an easy application. Ideal for use on most small interior wood projects.
  • Perfect for crafts and small projects
  • Covers up to 25 sq. ft. feet per bottle
  • Water-based, low odor and easy clean-up
  • 2-in-1 stain and applicator, no additional materials needed
  • Buildable color by coat
  • Easy flow sponge tip
  • Clean up with soap and water
  • California residents

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Container Size4 Ounce4 Ounce4 Ounce3.2 Ounce
Dry to touch (min.)55 min5 min10 min
Paint Tool Product TypeWood Stain Pencils and MarkersPatching and Repair ProductPatching and Repair ProductPatching and Repair Product
Base MaterialOil BasedWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
Product Depth (in.)25.5 in5.5 in2.25 in
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Container Size4 OunceProduct Depth (in.)5.5 in
Product Height (in.)7.125 inProduct Width (in.)3.81 in


Base MaterialWater BasedColor FamilyBrown
Color/FinishDark WalnutDry to touch (min.)5 min
Interior Paint & Stains Product TypeNonspray StainInterior/ExteriorInterior
Number of coats recommended1Pack Size4
Paint Tool Product TypePatching and Repair ProductPaint/Stain Clean UpSoap & Water
Paint/Stain FeaturesNo additional featuresPatching & Repair Product TypeWood Restoration
Product FormPenProduct Weight (lb.)3 lb
Returnable90-DayTime before recoating (hours)2

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Handy application especially for small jobs
I really like the Varathane 4 oz. Less Mess Golden Oak Wood Stain and Applicator. I have tested the stain against the can version and the color matched perfectly. The color is really a nice golden oak. I was concerned about the foam applicator being able to stand up until the bottle was empty but my fears are unfounded. The applicator is angled which makes getting into the crevices of detail work like molding easy. This delivery system is especially helpful for smaller jobs, touch up, and molding. And when I got done my hands were still clean!
  • Recommended
Easy to use
Very easy to apply and keep and even coat of stain to maintain a color that you desire. Applies without a mess and covers up to about 4-5 square feet depending on how much you desire to apply, and the type of wood based on the woods ability to absorb the stain. I applied more than one coat to obtain the desired effect I wanted but others may need more or less depending on their personal tastes for darkness. I would recommend this product for small jobs or touch up.
  • Recommended
Easy to use with less mess.
The Varathane 4 oz. less mess Golden Oak Wood Stain with applicator is so easy to use. Remove the plastic cap and press the applicator on the wood and move the applicator over the surface to spread the stain evenly. There is less mess than when using a brush and you're dipping in and out of a container of stain where you have a lot of drips to clean up as you go. Almost like polishing your shoes, now how easy is that.
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Stain in a Bottle
This a new way to apply stain. It is very clean for the user. All you do is unscrew the cap, press down on the foam tip to open the seal. Then apply the stain. That's what they say in the instructions. Applying the stain does require squeezing the bottle as stated in the instructions. However, I found that I needed to apply a constant pressure to get the stain out. Once the stain is flowing, application is very easy and not messy at all. You can precisely apply stain where needed. Wipe off the stain before it dries.
  • Recommended
Perfect way to apply stain
This is my second set of these as the other finish was absolutely great for several reasons. One being this applicator is just perfect for smaller projects. There is pretty much no mess when applying and it cuts down on project time as applying the stain is quick and easy. The golden oak finish looks great, and I’m happy to add this to my other bottles of stain. This is such a great way to apply stain, and I highly recommend it!
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Easy application
Varathane 4 oz. Less Mess Golden Oak Wood Stain and Applicator works great! It works wonderful for small areas. Make sure to shake the container well before using the product. The sponge does take a bit of getting used to. Also squeeze the bottle slightly to get the stain to come out onto the sponge tip. I used this on some trim that needed restraining and it worked great.
  • Recommended
Finally!!!! An easy way to apply stain!
I only use Varathane stain on my indoor projects as it is water-based and makes for easy clean-up but it was alway a hassle to wash brushes and other stain items after completing the project. BUT, Finally!!!! An easy way to apply stain! it comes in a liquid "shoe polish" type container and is easy - with NO MESS - to use and recap, and put away. For small projects, it is just right. it comes in 4 oz bottles and in a variety of colors. It came well packages with no damage to the product. ..... thank you Varathane!
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Did a nice job with just one coat.
Being a woodworker you are always looking for easier and cleaner ways to do things. When I saw this stain applicator I knew I had to try it out. Much like shoe polish applicators , this you shake up, and press down on your project until you have some stain to wipe around. We found it easier to just give the bottle a little squeeze. Then just spread it around, I went with the grain as much as possible. It went on smoothly, a single coat stained it well, was neat, easy to clean up, and dried quickly. My finished picture is with three coats of Polyurethane. For smaller projects, I think this is a good way to go. I was able to make this project, start to finish in less than a day.
  • Recommended
Easy to use stain by Varathane
Staining small interior wood projects in your home are extra easy using this ready to use stain in a 4 oz. plastic bottle with foam tip by Varathane. Simply shake before using, remove the cap and press the foam tip onto the wood surface, then spread the stain around. Wipe off as desired for the intensity and look you want. This particular color of stain is Golden Oak, a pleasing tone that could easily blend in with your decor. After drying, a coat of gloss or satin polyurethane finish may be applied for longer lasting durability. This product is ideal for smaller projects, probably not that applicable for larger projects.
  • Recommended
A Great Stain Applicator
Varathane and The Home Depot sell an ingenious stain touch-up applicator ! (see photos) They have developed a great idea in stain application ! No more dried-up touch-up pens that fail just as you need them. This 4 ounce bottle with a tip/sponge works just like one for shoe polish ! No more dried-up. It came well packed ! I have used it on a couple of nicks in my Golden Oak end table and the color match is perfect ! I highly recommend this handy. .product !
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