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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)
$1287 /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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Customer Questions & Answers

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

Do you have to use a wood conditioner first?

Asked by: kmack
Hello. On soft and uneven wood types, applying our Oil-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner will help to even the color of our Polyshades product. 2 coats of Polyshades is still recommended.Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-06-21

Can I mix colors to create a custom blended color?

Asked by: Kstopps
Yes , I did a hall table using the polyshades product.I used two different colors to make a custom color.if you use two different products it would dilute the poly an the finish won't be as durable or as shiny if using the gloss finish.I used two different shades both in the gloss finish ( but don't use more than three coats or it also dulls the poly) this is a great product an produces beautiful results. good luck on your project
Answered by: Melissa
Date published: 2017-05-24

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: 2017-05-11
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Customer Reviews

1 qt. PolyShades Espresso Satin Stain and Polyurethane in 1-Step is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 81.
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 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 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 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't save you time; adds it. As with many others, I hoped to save a step on some simple unfinished oak cabinets for my laundry. They didn't need to be perfect. I tried thick coats, thin coats, light brushing, different brushes. Nope...it goes on badly, leaves brush strokes, covers unevenly, and forces you to sand and re-sand through about three coats to get things fairly consistent. Terrible product. Use standard stain, lots of wiping rags, and then a few coats of poly. Trust me, you will be happier. This is not for the DYI'r looking for something to make life easier.
Date published: 2016-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not use this product! I was hesitant to use polyshades just because it seemed like a product designed to cut corners. Thats exactly what it is. I love minwax products so I am not bashing them here. I just think this product is lazy. For me, The result of using this product was lots of frustration, trying to de-gum my brush, spread the stain evenly before the poly started to get sticky. I stopped using it halfway through and switched to a simple wipe-on stain, and I will go back with polyurethane to finish it. If you don't know what you're doing then you may not know the difference, but you will hate this process. There is an easier way; buy stain and poly separate, becasue they are two very separate processes and require different attention for each.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Same as many others - streaky, inconsistent, difficult to work. Either goes on too thick or too ... Same as many others - streaky, inconsistent, difficult to work. Either goes on too thick or too thin. Very hard to get just right. It is obviously a very skill-intensive product. You *may* get good results (like the few 4 and 5 star reviews, although I suspect it depends greatly on the project). If you've got unlimited time and patience, maybe it's for you. We're getting a house ready to sell, and cannot afford the time or expense that would result from any of the bad outcomes described in the 1-star reviews - which are the majority of the reviews.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought the Espresso colored Polyshades because I liked the color, but I had no specific project... I bought the Espresso colored Polyshades because I liked the color, but I had no specific project in mind. I just obtained an old secretary desk and wanted to stain the writing top a darker color and decided this was the time to try out the Polyshades. After reading the reviews, I never even tried to use it with a brush of any kind. I wiped on thin coats with a lint free rag. It went on so easily that I was able to completely stain the top in less than 10 minutes. The small amount of streaking I had I just used the rag to blend it in with the wood grain & they are completely invisible now. I will apply a few coats of extra poly on it for further protection. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product but do see how it would be difficult to apply to raw wood or complex surfaces.
Date published: 2017-03-21
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