Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Totally agree with you guys above on stain choices. Minwax is junk, so is Cabot or whatever the hell Lowes carries. I didn't know any better until I tried Old Masters. What a huge difference in performance. You could have achieved a black like that in one application with an Old Masters gel stain, or probably even their wiping stain with 15-20 mins of penetration time. Try it, you'll see what we mean.
Also, like stated above, definitely do 2 coats for the epoxy. Air bubbles (from an unsealed surface) in a thick pour will totally ruin your finish.
Someone above mentioned brushing a finish on over dried stain floating on the surface. He's correct in saying that it may push the stain around. Reason being the solvent in the finish will re-dissolve any stain that has not absorbed into the wood. I've never poured epoxy onto stained wood before, but I'd be concerned about getting poor bonding with all that oily stain sitting on the surface.