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Customer Reviews for Varathane 1 qt. Dark Walnut Classic Wood Interior Stain

Internet #305502000

Model #339720

Store SKU #1003308604

  • Timeless color in a dark walnut wiping stain
  • Classic dark walnut finish; coats wood for rich, natural color
  • Wood stain recoats in 2 hours and covers 150 sq. ft. per quart

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  • 4.4
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Wrong color
Turned out to be red not brown. Used for wedding decor that was not replaceable. Wanted to cry after seeing actual color.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportSep 27, 2021
That isn't good! Keep in mind that the final finish of the Rust-Oleum Varathane Class Wood Stain will depend on the wood species. For this reason, we always recommend applying it to a test area first. If you get a color you don't like, allow the stain to dry and then either sand back down to the bare wood or use a suitable stripper to start fresh. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
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    Very bad stain
    We did all as stated on the can. We followed the directions of use. Instead of light brownish as it is in the picture and as it was on the sample of the wood we tasted it came out RED color. We had do to all from the beginning and used BEHR.
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    Response from Rust-OleumSupportSep 22, 2021
    That is not what we like to hear, Bobby! If a test piece was done prior to applying to the entire staircase, the results of the test should match the results on the stairs exactly. A test patch or surface is always recommended to ensure the desired results. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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        I’ve used this on all my cedar shutters and bridge....
        I’ve used this on all my cedar shutters and bridge. It really brings out the wood
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        I love the color! I stained my daughter's bed for her new apartment, and it is beautiful! Now it...
        I love the color! I stained my daughter's bed for her new apartment, and it is beautiful! Now it matches the table that she had made. I is a little sticky, but I painted outside in the humidity.
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        I have always used this stain. My house is filled with woodwork. I have decided to remove the car...
        I have always used this stain. My house is filled with woodwork. I have decided to remove the carpet from my stairs . I am sanding and staining them with this beautiful color. It has truly added some elegance to our home.
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        1 found this review helpful
        Goes on smoothly, dries quickly.
        Goes on smoothly, dries quickly.
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        1 found this review helpful
        Color was exactly what I was looking for....
        Color was exactly what I was looking for.
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        Did what I needed...
        Did what I needed
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        Excellent color match for the door I needed. This was...
        Excellent color match for the door I needed. This was the best stain I have ever used. It is very watery but covers like a champ. Just a little bit is required. If you have a small project (like a door) I recommend buying the smaller can. This covers a lot.
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        1 found this review helpful
        This color and product was perfect for my shelfs gave it a beautiful look I recommend it
        This color and product was perfect for my shelfs gave it a beautiful look I recommend it
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        3 found this review helpful
        I used two coats and I achieved the color I...
        I used two coats and I achieved the color I was hoping to get. I used Dark Walnut over red oak hardwood. Then I gave it two coats of Varathane oil based polyurethane in the satin sheen. I will be redoing all my floors in this color.
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        Great product re surfaced wood railings great finish!!...
        Great product re surfaced wood railings great finish!!
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        Step upgrade
        I was very pleased with the outcome of the Early American Varathane Stain. I was in the process of installing a new set of oak steps to my basement and did not want something dark going down the steps, but not something really light that it would show every spot of dirt. I ended up only needing 2 coats of stain, but applied 3 coats of polyutherane so it would hold up to my kids running up and down them constantly. I think they turned out great, i even ended up staining my hand railing to match.
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          3 found this review helpful
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          Easy application...
          Easy application
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          Little bit lighter than shown, but satisfied
          Stain is a little lighter than shown in the picture. I probably could have gotten it a bit darker by leaving it on longer, doing a second coat, or a bit heavier application, but all of those were a little more time than expected. I used this for refinishing of red oak hardwood floors which were fully stripped and sanded to 100g. That being said our floors turned out great. Ensure to mix well. Mix it longer than you think and ensure to get all of the settled solids at the bottom. I would recommend it, but a little disappointed by the lightness.
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          A couple of weeks ago I bought the small can of this product for a bench I made to sell. The colo...
          A couple of weeks ago I bought the small can of this product for a bench I made to sell. The color of this stain was so popular that I decided to get a quart and make more benches with this English Chestnut stain.
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            4 found this review helpful
            Great coverage & rich dark color! Super easy to use! Great product!!! Used on the top of this p...
            Great coverage & rich dark color! Super easy to use! Great product!!! Used on the top of this piece only...
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            2 found this review helpful
            The shade of color this stain was perfect for what I was looking for. Sometimes it’s tricky tryin...
            The shade of color this stain was perfect for what I was looking for. Sometimes it’s tricky trying to find that perfect stain. This one is right in between the dark color and a light color. I started burning wood to have the grain show more and this stain helped me get that look I was looking for.
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              2 found this review helpful
              Very nice color for our oak hardwood floors
              Very nice color for our oak hardwood floors
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              1 found this review helpful
              Far from acurate
              Bought this based on the color samples in the store and get something not even close to the can or sample. stain was used on oak and looks more golden than brown
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              Response from Rust-OleumSupportFeb 1, 2021
              Thank you for reaching out! With any application, we recommend applying Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain in a test area first. This is because the wood species used for the application will affect the final color of the stain.
              - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
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                Love this color and its great...
                Love this color and its great
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                Wonderful color, coverage and depth, while bringing out the grain of the various types of wood I ...
                Wonderful color, coverage and depth, while bringing out the grain of the various types of wood I used it on. Easy to apply and smooth transition from bare wood to previously stained surfaces.
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                2 found this review helpful
                The color was perfect for our garage project! I love...
                The color was perfect for our garage project! I love it!
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                What You See Is Not What You Get
                I must add my review to the list of other purchasers who did not get what they thought they were purchasing. Fortunately for me, I tested the Varathane stain on wood scraps identical to my project before attempting to use it. Definitely NOT hazelwood. It resembles chalky whitewash soap water. I stirred it thoroughly, kept it and the project at room temperature of 75 degrees, used the approved application brush, and an hour later applied another coat with the same dismal results. To make certain it wasn't a problem with the wood or my applicator, I grabbed a can of MinWax Gel Stain off my shelf, stirred it up and applied it to another scrap of the same wood using the same type applicator and got beautiful results immediately. Conclusion: This Varathane stain is simply HORRID. I am returning it to Home Depot. If I have to go to another store to buy MinWax products, I will do so.
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                Response from Rust-OleumSupportJan 4, 2021
                Yikes, something is amiss here, and we need to gather more details to get to the bottom of it! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further about your experience with Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain. When calling, please have your can nearby, so we can collect the batch information from it. We hope you will give us a chance to try to make things right with you!
                - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
                  2 found this review helpful
                  Great Color! It made our Siberian elm live edge slab...
                  Great Color! It made our Siberian elm live edge slab match the alder doors perfectly.
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                  1 found this review helpful
                  This stain went on flawlessly and dries quickly. I was able to top coat it with water based poly...
                  This stain went on flawlessly and dries quickly. I was able to top coat it with water based poly in one day. I recommend using this NATURAL color stain on Colorado Beetle Kill Pine it really brings out the colors!
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                  1 found this review helpful
                  This stain is perfect for use when layering with another stain. To update my oak stained cabi...
                  This stain is perfect for use when layering with another stain. To update my oak stained cabinets, I used this stain with a brown color wash. The resulting color is warm and rich looking.
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