Oil Vs water based woodstain

17 Sep 2004
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United Kingdom
Several years ago I had a new front door constructed. The joiner put on 3 coats of Sikkens Cetol Fiter 7 Plus - an oil based woodstain.

This year I had new window frames constructed. Different joiner as the 1st one had retired. I asked for the same woodstain, to match the front door.

After installation it transpired he'd used a Dulux water based stain of a similar colour. He said water-based was better, safer and lasted longer, but offered to put a top coat of Sikkens on.

1) what are the pros/cons of water Vs oil based stains?
2) what are the implication (if any)of mixing ie a coat of Sikkens over 2 coats of Dulux?
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