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Minwax 1 gal. Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish


1 gal. Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish

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Product Overview

Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish is a protective top-coat for use on interior wood surfaces including furniture, trim, doors and cabinets. It can be used over bare wood and both oil-based and water-based stains. Polycrylic can be recoated in only 2 hours. Minwax Polycrylic resists damage from abrasion, scuffing, chipping, water, alcohol and other common household chemicals.

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  • Crystal clear finish is ideal for use over light woods like maple, ash and birch as well as over Minwax water based wood stains
  • Covers 500 sq. ft. of wood
  • Semi-gloss finish
  • Protects and adds beauty to interior wood surfaces including woodwork, furniture, doors and cabinets
  • 3 Hour dry time
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on-screen and printer representations
  • Easy water clean up
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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Container Size
1 GA-Gallon
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)


Application Method
Coating Product Category
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Paint/Stain Base Material
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Key Features
No additional features
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Time before recoating (hours)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

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Customer Questions & Answers

I will be using this to protect the risers on my staircase that I painted semigloss white, will this yellow/ when it dri

Asked by: Home20b
Hello. Our Polycrylic Finish should not amber over paint. Hwever, if the paint is latex-based, it needs to cure for 30 days and if it has a sheen, dull it. If the paint is oil-based, 7 days should be fine for a full cure. Regards, Minwax Customer Service
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-03-21

I am using Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray on my bathroom vanity and my kitchen counters. Would ...

I am using Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray on my bathroom vanity and my kitchen counters. Would this be a good top coat sealer to use on it? Is it water proof?
Asked by: Oswalt
Although Polycrylic is a tough finish, it is water based. In moist areas it can turn white and decay, so I would not recommend it for your project. Instead, you might look at the polyurethane solutions. One I'd recommend is Minwax 1 qt. Gloss Fast-Drying Polyurethane. You can look around if you want a more satin finish, it's available. Best wishes on your project! Deb
Answered by: Debster
Date published: 2016-11-03

Is this product good to use on pine walls?

Asked by: lady1
This would be perfect on an interior wall. One question, does your wall have a current sealer or varnish on it? If it does, you might need to sand it first before applying. If not, you can just apply it directly. I've used Polycrylic with a cabinet roller (foam, extra smooth finish) with good results on a large surface. The great thing about it, if you get a run you can just wipe it off right away then re-roll the area. Also, if you get any on the floor or other, a damp cloth works terrific. Very easy cleanup and application. Best wishes with your project! Deb
Answered by: Debster
Date published: 2016-11-03

Does this product have mildew protection?

Asked by: lady1
This does not have mildew protection.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2016-01-23
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Customer Reviews

1 gal. Semi-Gloss Polycrylic Protective Finish is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Has it's pro's & con's It has it's pro's & con's Pros...goes a long way, easy clean-up, doesn't yellow the wood like oil based, dries fast. Cons...very expensive, don't use a roller (it dries so fast the bubbles don't have a chance to lay down you'll be doing a lot of sanding) use a brush or sprayer, it STINKS The only reason I would use this is if you want the wood to stay it's natural color otherwise I'd use oil base.
Date published: 2016-03-03
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