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Rated 5 out of 5Â by Debster Polycrylic is the best thing since margarine in a tub
I refinish and rebuild vintage wood pieces with custom mosaics. I'm no woodworking pro, but have used Polycrylic for years. You can't ask for an easier product to use. This stuff is as useful as duct tape and cleans up nicely with water. I use the Minwax oil-based stains for the base, let them dry about a day, then top it with two coats of Polycrylic, this reaps great results.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HomeHandyman Excellent look, very durable, super easy cleanup
I bought furniture that was robust but cheaper and learned quickly that the lower price was because they skimped on the finish. So I ended up refinishing 3 large pieces and used this for the final coat. Excellent look, very durable, super easy cleanup. I wet-sanded up to 1500x right until the final coat and it came out looking great. Instructions say you can sand and recoat after just two hours but I recommend waiting longer like overnight. I then got the idea to use this polycrylic over latex-painted walls in the high traffic areas that always take a beating like door trim and kitchen areas that require frequent washing. I de-glossed the latex with TSP first and this polycrylic stuck like glue. My walls and trim are now tough like nails. Great product. By the way, if you are looking for a polycrylic in white it's on Home Depot's website (not in stores) by INSL-X called 'Cabinet Coat.' It's only available in white satin but you can use this semi-gloss over top of it. Combining these two makes the toughest finish I've ever experienced.
April 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by lilrabbit Easy to use, cleans up fast, flows and self levels nicely, ends up a hard, durable, apparently waterproof finish.
I was skeptical of my own ability to apply this stuff neatly. I do OK with paint, but I had some trauma inducing experiences attempting to varnish boats in my college years and consequently, I am inclined to use opaque finishes wherever possible and contract the job out when a clear finish is required...but I was on a tight budget for this project.
Polycrylic was recommended by a HD paint department staffer and after quizzing her for longer than was polite, I decided to give it a try. I applied this to the knotty pine wainscot, baseboard, chair rail, casing, entry door and custom built vanity and medicine cabinets in my master bathroom.
I gave all the woodwork a light sanding with a 400 grit sanding sponge, tacked it off with a damp cloth and then sanded again to address any raised grain. I vacuumed the woodwork thoroughly and then I applied a coat of the compatible Minwax sanding sealer using a synthetic bristle paint brush. I allowed this to cure overnight and gave the whole works another light sanding. I then applied two coats of Polycrylic in two hours as recommended, gave everything a final sanding with 600 grit this time and then applied a final coat of Polycrylic.
The finish turned out nice and after several months in the humid bathroom, it appears to be holding up well. The finish itself is crystal clear and did not appear to cause the pine to yellow as an oil based varnish would. While I do expect the wood to yellow over time, for the moment, the wood appears as fresh and new as a freshly planed board would.
October 20, 2012