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Varnish is a clear, transparent substance that is used on woods. But why? Well, not only does it give the wood a shiny glow, it also blocks up the tiny holes in the wood.This prevents the wood from absorbing the water, which can cause it to swell, rot and smell quite badly


After staining give a coat of clear finish, sanding it with a fine sandpaper (400G) to remove any raised grain or any dust that may have settled onto the drying finish. This will give you a good base to add your paint and the sanded surface will give it good adhesion. Steel wool has its purpose, but I would not use it here. That's only my opinion. My ...

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