Cappuccino (warm brown)
Driftwood (grey)
Ebony (black)
Golden Pine (warm yellow gold)
Natural (clear)

Stain & Finishing Oil – SFO


Stain & Finishing Oil is a wood conditioner, stain, and top coat all in one that offers exceptional durability in high-traffic areas like table tops, kitchen cabinets, and even flooring.

It can be used on bare wood or over previously painted surfaces. No additional top coat is required – it is highly durable as is. If you’re looking for added durability, applying a coat of Natural will increase sheen and durability without intensifying your colour.

If you apply it over Fusion Mineral Paint™ for a glaze effect or to increase the sheen, we recommend removing excess immediately, as the SFO will not soak in and may leave a sticky finish that takes a few days to dry.

Use the Natural colour over Fusion Mineral Paint™ colours to increase the sheen and offer superior durability, or brush on one of the pigmented colours and wipe off immediately for a beautiful, easy glaze effect.

Our special blend is highly concentrated in pigment, so a little goes a long way. The 237 mL container will cover the same area as 1 litre of comparable stains.

Please keep in mind that all oil-based products typically yellow in time. Using this over top of white paints will cause a slight yellowing effect. We recommend our Tough Coat for going over lighter colours to avoid yellowing.

Application ToolBrush, lint free rag, applicator pad
Location Interior
Re-coat Time9 hrs
Top CoatNo additional top coat is required.- this is made strong enough for floors and table tops. However you may use wax or “Natural” colour Stain & Finishing Oil to increase the sheen but not deepen the colour. 
Clean UpOdourless Mineral Spirit
Coverage40-75 sq.ft. The 237 mL container will cover the same area as 1 litre of comparable stains.
Finish/Sheen Matte to high sheen. Each additional layer and buffing increases the sheen. 
Recommended UsesReclaimed wood, bare wood, table tops, floors, most any surface, painted finish or Milk Painted pieces. 
Can Be Applied ToUse as a stain over raw or well-sanded wood; apply over painted surface for added sheen, glaze effect, or added protection; seal milk paint or other porous paint. Not recommended over light colours as it will yellow.
Can Be Painted OverYes, once dried if over bare wood and only 1 coat applied, 10 days after for multiple coats applied . Test to ensure prior to tackling a full project.
How to PrepApply over any surface or top coat for desired effect except wax.
Cure Time 10 Days
Maintenance/ CleaningLight cleaners, as they will strip away the natural oil.

How To Use on Bare Wood: pour or brush onto an evenly sanded surface; remove excess after 15-20 minutes. If desired, add a second coat after re-coat time for deeper colour or more sheen. The pigment in it stains your wood, accentuating the grain. SFO combines natural oils and resins that penetrate into wood fibres to create a durable, scratch-resistant, waterproof finish. It does not leave a surface film that sits on top but instead soaks into and becomes a part of your wood.

If applying over Fusion Mineral Paint, remove excess immediately.

Use the Natural colour over Fusion Mineral Paint™ colours to increase the sheen and offer superior durability. Alternatively, brush on one of the pigmented colours and wipe off immediately for a beautiful, easy glaze effect. Our special blend is highly concentrated in pigment, so a little goes a long way. The 237 ml container will cover the same area as 1 litre of comparable stains.

What colours does it come in?
Natural (no pigment with a slight ageing effect); White; Driftwood (light grey); Cappuccino (dark brown); Golden Pine; Ebony (black)

What is the difference between this and other oil-based stains?

This stain is highly concentrated in pigment, so a little goes a long way – the small can of SFO that we sell goes just as far as the big cans of other brands. We use as little solvent as possible to reduce our VOC levels and reduce the odour of the product. We use many different natural oils to condition and protect the wood that it is applied to.

How do I increase the sheen?

Add more coats! You can recoat in about 6 hours. If you’re satisfied with the colour but want more sheen, add another coat of Natural. If you’re not satisfied with the level of protection you have, what you can do is either add another coat of SFO in Natural.

How durable is it? Can I use it on my floors?

SFO is extremely durable; you can use it on your floors! It is mostly an oil product that soaks into wood, but it does have a bit of resin that sits on top and adds a protective barrier.

Is this food safe?
No. We advise against using this on surfaces that come into contact with food.
How do I avoid watermarks?
Watermarks are often caused by a surface that is not well sealed, which means that the product has not been properly applied or the surface has not been properly prepared.
It is important to prepare the surface to receive Stain and Finishing Oil properly. Degreasing or stripping and sanding down to the raw wood is necessary. When you have properly sanded the wood, finish with 120-grit sandpaper, and then you can apply the product.
It is important to stay within two coats of SFO, as the wood is saturated after two coats, and the additional coats will dry on the surface, and it is this residue that can create watermarks.
Always use gentle soap for cleaning oiled wood, no degreasing products like dish soap. Renew the oil with a very light additional coat every year or 2 years depending on the use of the surface.
As with anything, extra surface protection during use with coasters and placemats certainly helps.
Can I use it over Fusion Mineral Paint?
Yes definitely! For this application, we suggest brushing or wiping on and immediately removing the excess. It works well as a glaze or to add a beautiful sheen over the paint. Please be aware that the SFO, like all oil-based products, does yellow over time, and this will show up more dominantly over a white base.

Can I use Fusion Mineral Paint over it?

Once it is cured, in about 10-12 days.

What prep do I have to do?

As always, make sure you’re starting with a clean surface. For wood applications, we do recommend you at least scuff sand, if not sand down to raw wood. A finish with 220 grit is a great way to prepare raw wood for SFO. For an even application, ensure that the surface is sanded evenly with the same grit.

Do I need a topcoat over this?

Nope! SFO has a built-in resin topcoat. For extra protection, add another layer of Natural on top.

Can SFO be used outdoors?

No. SFO is an interior finish.

Can you mix me a custom colour?

The only colours available are the ones we list on our website – but you can layer different colours over top of each other, or you can try mixing different SFO colours together before applying.

Read all about the most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

Size: 237 ml
Base: oil
Coverage: varies
Finish: satin to gloss
Clean up: mineral spirits
Dry time: 9 hours
Re-coat time: 9 hours
Cure time: 10 days
Durability: high


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