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Water based stains have been around for a while and seem to get mixed reviews. For a number of reasons, I think these are excellent products. First of all they dry very quickly, which means you can often finish a project in a day. This in it'self is not an achievement, but what I like about this is that finishing a project quickly means that there is less time for dust and dirt to land on your still-drying-project.
Applying the finishes is usually done indoors (also to avoid dust and particles) which means somewhat of an enclosed area. Most water based stains have little (if any) odour which makes them more pleasant to use in confined areas. And finally ... clean up. I hate clean up at the best of times and any time I can save the environment and use something as simple as old fashioned soap and water to clean my brushes with ... is my kind of product.