which stain will work best if i desire to stain birch as dark as i can get it (black is the desired color). also this will be in the bathroom so there will be some water contact. how best to seal it? could i use a high gloss paint to get the same effect? if so how best to seal it from the water comtact . seal then paint, paint then seal,or seal paint seal. i wish to avoid the white spots that tend to appear when wood gets wet.can it be avoided. was /is this site because of improper sealing ? possibly old sealer needing to be redone ever so often or is it an inevidable problem ?