Ensure the Poly is well mixed prior to use, but do not shake. If applying to a recently painted surface, allow 12-24 hours of drying time before applying. For best results, use with an application sponge and apply two coats 2-4 hours apart. In humid areas, longer drying times may be required. *** Not Recommended over medium to dark paint colors due to water vapor being trapped which could cause streaking *** Instead use the Natural Stain and Finishing Oil over medium to darker colors for extra added durability on high traffic areas such as kitchen cabinets, table tops or flooring.