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Top coat for red oak stair treads

Teri Ziegler
5 years ago

We have red oak stair treads in our new home and I love the color when left just natural, but I know we need to seal them with something and wondering what kind of top coat would leave the most natural look? There will be carpet going up the middle of the stairs so that ends will show plus the posts will show. What would be the best top coat for red oak treads?
Will this water based polycrylic clear matte work? If I could leave them barenaked I would because I love that natural look, but I realize they need protection.

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