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

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

  • Beautiful oil-based wood stain and polyurethane in 1 simple step
  • Provides rich wood color and enhances the wood grain
  • Highly rated for fast dry time and good coverage (see reviews)
$12.87 /each

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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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How can you even out some of the stain after it dries. Some darker streaks that makes it look real uneven

Asked by: Needhelpbad
I just lightly sanded the area and applied a very thin even coat.
Answered by: Skippy
Date published: 2017-02-22

Could I use the Polyshade as the first layer on stairs and then 2nd and 3rd layer will be Polyurethane for Floors?

Asked by: Susanne
Hello. The Polyshades is not rated for floors, so we would not recommend it for this application. We do offer the Espresso in our Wood Finish Stain line, you can use this product then topcoat with the polyurethane for protection. Regards, Minwax Product Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-04-11

Do I have to sand the old chest of drawers and dresser first?

Asked by: Shaggy
No, only lightly around the handles.
Answered by: rymea
Date published: 2017-04-22

Can i use this on prefinished wood floors?

Asked by: Chick
Hello, Polyshades is not meant to be used on a floor. Regards, Minwax Customer Service
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-03-01
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1 qt. PolyShades Espresso Satin Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst stain I've ever used. I've used numerous stains, both oil and water based including gel... The worst stain I've ever used. I've used numerous stains, both oil and water based including gel stains (which this is more like than a standard stain topped with polyurethane). I bought this because it was the only black stain my Home Depot had in stock. This product went on tacky, almost glue-like. Uneven. And the brush marks show terribly, despite my using a natural bristle brush, per Minwax recommendation. I tried putting it on with a cloth after I saw how bad the brush marks were, and the result was minimally better. Bottom line, this stuff looks bad, no matter how it is applied. I wish I had not used it on my project.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dries too quickly. Not ideal for large surfaces to be stained. I used a 2-inch brush. When a surf... Dries too quickly. Not ideal for large surfaces to be stained. I used a 2-inch brush. When a surface is fairly large (I was changing the color of a cabinet top), PolyShades dries very fast. It was frustrating to achieve a uniform / consistent appearance across the entire surface because there is little time to "work the stuff" between sections of an area...no time to easily blend/feather. Plus, when there is a vertical portion (where dripping down occurs), by the time you get to remove the drippings, the drips are already dried - if the drips were not dried it would be easy to brush away or wipe away. Plus, HD only sells quarts...smaller hardware stores have pints.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought this despite the bad reviews. Consider this one before listening to the naysayers. First,... Bought this despite the bad reviews. Consider this one before listening to the naysayers. First, you MUST thin with mineral spirits. Secondly, apply very thin coats with cotton t-shirt material. If you don't do these things you will have a problem with air bubbles. Patience is the key here. Build up the color slowly and you will have great results.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 1st coat horrible. Stripped it down, re-sanded and re-applied with a different shade, thinking t... 1st coat horrible. Stripped it down, re-sanded and re-applied with a different shade, thinking that I had made a mistake with the shade, mixed it wrong, or just had a bad can. 2nd time was just as bad. It dries too fast, goes on blotchy, and shows brush marks all over. Very difficult to work with. Please take this off the shelf.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was determined to make this product work on my "this end up" honey pine hutch. I needed to make... I was determined to make this product work on my "this end up" honey pine hutch. I needed to make this ugly piece of furniture beautiful to match a brand new dining table and chairs. I was "determined" because this was the only color that would match the table. I read every bad review and got scared but thankfully there were some reviews that were helpful and encouraging. I used a natural bristle brush and went in the direction of the grain when I could. You must use very thin coats and let dry overnight between each coat. A time consuming project but definitely worth it. I did not thin the Polyshades with paint thinner as some reviewers suggested but would definitely do it next time. I was amazed with the end result!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Table Refinished a dining table and chairs. The first time I tried this was with a regular brush. I had to remove the polyshades before it dried because it wasnt going on smooth. I then used a black foam type of painting brush and had good results. Some streaks but not as bad as before. Also my table has grain in every direction and since you are supposed to go with the grain that was an issue. The chairs came out streakless with a normal brush because the grains run in one direction. On the next project I will use a sock as a brush and maybe thin it with mineral spirits as someome else suggested. After the second attempt Im happy with the results.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hmm..I was overjoyed to find a product that combined the protection of polyurethane with a stain.... Hmm..I was overjoyed to find a product that combined the protection of polyurethane with a stain. After testing it however, I must say it's a really disappointing product. It hardly altered the color of the furniture, I had hoped to change, and has a very sticky finish. I'm going to go back to my tried and true method of using a stain and then a polyurethane coating separately. Although the concept of combing both in one product is appealing, the outcome seems to be just a watered down version of a stain, meaning I'd have to apply several coats to get the color I want. As I was hoping to lessen the number of coats applied, this product doesn't work well enough to fulfil that promise and in reality would force me to apply more coats to get the desired effect. Avoid unless you are not hoping to actually see a stain affect but in that case you may as well just use a clear polyurethane!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How is this product still on store shelves? By far the worst stain I have ever used. How Home Dep... How is this product still on store shelves? By far the worst stain I have ever used. How Home Depot and other retailers have not pulled this from their inventory is beyond comprehension. If they were giving this product away for free, I would not even take it. This product will cost you more time & money in the long run.
Date published: 2016-10-30
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