Choosing a finish

Q: After applying the stain to the hardwood tread what do you suggest should be applied next? Any suggestions on types, brands, etc.?

A: It depends the look you want. You really only have a few choices. Oil modified which can be a tough finish but will darken with age to some degree. Water borne which is clear and won’t change as much. A product like Waterlox which is a penetrating oil which has more of a natural look. I prefer Poloplaz coatings. Great finishes. Great company. Their Primero is the best finish I’ve used in 35 years.