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Minwax 1 qt. PolyShades Espresso Gloss Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step


1 qt. PolyShades Espresso Gloss Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step

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Product Overview

Minwax PolyShades combines beautiful oil based wood stain and polyurethane in 1 simple step. Minwax PolyShades provides rich wood color and long lasting protection while enhancing the wood grain. PolyShades will reduce finishing time compared with staining with one product and protecting with another.

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  • Stain and polyurethane in 1 step
  • Allows you to easily change the color of your currently stained or varnished wood without stripping or hiding the wood grain
  • Can be used over polyurethane finishes
  • Suitable for application on interior wood surfaces
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on screen and printer representations
  • Get the right stain for your project - click here for a buyer's guide
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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1 qt. PolyShades Espresso Gloss Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best stain ever! the best stain ever!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DO NOT BUY! If you are planning on using this stain for a larger project (anything over 4 square feet) use something else. I have used minwax for a long time and have had no problems with any stain or clear coat but this stuff is awful. I built a desk for my son and used it to stain a butcher block style top. I thought it would be a good idea to use this product thinking it would cut my finishing time in half. I was wrong. It is impossible to get an even coat and when you overlap a section that was just done it will cause major color variances, even if that section is still wet. The process of applying the stain and not having to apply a poly saved time but I spent more time sanding and repairing then if I would have just used a regular stain and then applied a separate poly coat. Save yourself the trouble and time and buy something else.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stuff - Surface Prep A Must! Well I am not doing any Super Project Like Kitchen Cabinets or Shelves... I got mine to finish off some simple wood stools made from old reclaimed horse corral wood. Not really even precision cut pieces of wood... Just simple Sturdy Wood Stools. I sanded all wood with a belt sander 80 grit then 120 & then Sponge Sanded with 220 grit. I did go to this color to hide some of the wood fill I used to fill in some deep cracks & nail holes. When brushing on I used a Simple 2 inch Foam Brush total cost .67 cents. I was more than happy how these stools turned out. Prep Is a Must... Be Patient & go Slowly!
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One must be patient when using this product the stain and poly concept is fantastic but using this product is irritating. Like one reviewer has said, the wood you are staining must be properly prepped so if your staining something that has a lot of paint/stain on it, this will take a while. I had to sand our wood trim down to the raw wood and depending on your preference, since this is gloss it will show imperfections, it took me at least 3 hours to sand window trim for 5 windows. Having the right tools is a must!! You need a natural bristle brush to use this stain,I tried using a Purdy poly brush and it came out streaky, a foam brush was smoother but it barely got any of the stain on the wood. In between coats, you gotta use steel wool to remove any imperfections, sand paper is too abrasive. If you are willing to put the work in and if used right this product is great.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for store brand For a cheap off the shelf this is great. However, anyone attempting to brush this will find it difficult to work with; it is best to spray this or any other combination stain/finish. Also, this is the high gloss and may not be suitable for most furniture; I was doing a bar top which you want to be high gloss, you would not want this on an end table or chair unless you are into the Ikea look. For furniture it would be better to use a Satin (the gold can).
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd buy it again. This product works well but is not for those who don't want to put in the work. You MUST properly sand your wood back down to the original grain and you have to spend the time with the finishing sanding (120-220 grit) once you've gotten the wood with the rougher stuff. Wood prep is key. I recently refinished all my kitchen cabinets and they came out beautifully, but I did have to redo a couple of my first attempts because I didn't prep the wood well enough. Also, you probably don't want to try to hand brush this stuff. It's messy and difficult to spread evenly with a brush. I bought a $25 paint sprayer and borrowed a friend's air compressor. It went on very easily and smoothly and now it's like I have a brand new kitchen. Bottom line, invest the time to get your surfaces well sanded and procure the right tools to apply the Polyshades. You'll have good results without the hassle of having to go back and apply a polyurethane coat after you've gotten the desired stain color. Polyurethane is a hassle to work with. It's best to get it done in one step and this is the product for you to do it with.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do NOT buy this stuff Taking this stuff back tomorrow. I didn't have a problem with the consistency like some people have commented, but it did absolutely nothing for refinishing my furniture. Not only that, but the color is way off. I tried it on a raw board to see the color and it was a dark cherry... no where near espresso. Does not at all work over poly like stated. Don't waste your money.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible to work with thought I could get my kitchen cabinets done in half the time with this product since it combines stain and top coat in one....WRONG!! This product is so difficult to work with....I've had do and redo the application over and over on just two cabinets and it still doesn't look right! Don't waste your money! I will be going back to the store to buy separate stain and top coat
Date published: 2013-08-17
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