Formulated with 100-percent polyurethane for tough, long-lasting protection
Highly transparent to highlight the wood grain
Can be applied to bare or previously finished wood
Goes on easily and saves time and work
Minwax PolyShades 275 VOC Compliant provides rich wood color and long lasting polyurethane protection, while enhancing the wood grain, in one simple step.
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After using Polyshades for the first time to finish a custom cabinet and entertainment center I built, I was not all that happy with the finish. I read over the directions. I am very good with oil based paints and from everything I read, using alkyd painting techniques is certainly the best approach to brushing Polyshades. The finish was acceptable, but not as good as if I had stained and finished with polyurethane in separate steps. In that scenario, I would rate this product 2 stars.
The most notable issues with a brushed application (and keep in mind I consider myself good with brush applications of finishes) is the inconsistency in the finished color. Fortunately, the inconsistency was so consistent; the piece appeared to be intentionally finished in that style (if that makes any sense).
If you insist on using the product and applying with a brush, be sure to use a 100% natural China bristle of good quality, adequate bristles (not a chip brush), and keep...
The first thing you need to know about Minwax polyshades is that mineral spirits will take it off when wet, so don't give up hope when you find your project is a mess after applying this stuff. On my project, I found that the polyshades tacked up way too quickly to keep the wet edge that the instructions advise. On properly prerpared poplar (prepped with the Minwax stain prep per instructions) it did not take the stain component well and tacked up before the wood absorbed the stain - basically sat on the wood and did not look good.
Polyshades may work better for wood that is already finished and needs some touch up, but after my experience using it, I would never recommend it to anyone I like.
Update: I added 2 stars (up from one) because it works well enough when slightly thinned out in a HVLP sprayer. I re-stained it first so it would have some color in the wood, and then applied the Polyshades (since it was already opened I could not return it). It does...
I used this product to re-finish "This End Up" furniture purhased in 1986 and made from Southern Yellow Pine. It was absolutely fantastic, and provided a finish which was far beyond my expectations. Technique is important. Follow the directions on the can, and i suggest that you apply from late fall through winter when temperatures are not so high to quickly dry the wet edge (assuming you are doing this in a garage or un-heated area). The wood had not been mantained over the past 15-20 years. I dusted and vacummed it clean, and applied a first coat which i allowed to dry for 36 hours. Then i took 0000 steel wool and buffed with medium pressure. Yes, in spots i removed all of the stain. I repeated the above two more times, with decreasing buff-pressure, and added a $2 tack cloth to remove dust. Product self-levels and the finish is excellent. Since this is black, i can't see the wood grain through the stain, other than the texture of wood. I am not sure if...
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