Model # 613970444

Internet #203274399

Store SKU #673262

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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Product Overview

  • 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)
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.
  • 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

Product Overview

  • 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)
Model #: 613970444
Sku #: 673262
Internet #: 203274399

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.

California residents: see   Proposition 65 information

  • 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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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 QT-Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
120

Details

Aerosol / NonAerosol
Non-Aerosol
Application Method
Natural Bristle Brush
Application Method
Brush
Coating Product Category
Stain
Color
Espresso
Color Family
Browns / Tans
Color/Finish
ESPRESSO
Dry to touch (min.)
480
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Mildew Resistant
No
Number of coats recommended
2
Paint Product Type
Interior Paint/Stain
Paint/Stain Base Material
Oil
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Key Features
No additional features
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Primer required
No
Sheen
Satin
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
8
Transparency
Transparent

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
N/A

Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 QT-Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
120

Details

Aerosol / NonAerosol
Non-Aerosol
Application Method
Natural Bristle Brush
Application Method
Brush
Coating Product Category
Stain
Color
Espresso
Color Family
Browns / Tans
Color/Finish
ESPRESSO
Dry to touch (min.)
480
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Mildew Resistant
No
Number of coats recommended
2
Paint Product Type
Interior Paint/Stain
Paint/Stain Base Material
Oil
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Key Features
No additional features
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Primer required
No
Sheen
Satin
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
8
Transparency
Transparent

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
N/A

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
The reason people run into this problem is because they don't stir it often enough. You need to stir it constantly (every few times you dip the brush) otherwise you use up all the poly off the top and are left with just stain at the bottom which is hard to brush out and dries too quickly. You can use clear poly to brush it out or add more poly to the stain (and mix it in well) to thin it out. Just be sure to use the same gloss level as your stain.
Answered by: TJMAC
Date published: 2017-08-22

Can this be applied with a rag on a prefinished MDF table top? Thanks

Asked by: Beat
Hello. No. Polyshades will smear and appear uneven and blotchy if applied with a rag or cloth. A good quality natural bristle brush is best to apply our product with. Additionally, it will need to be tested on your own on MDF, for compatibility. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-08-03

Can a roller be used that stain?

Asked by: kmack
It would probably give you a very unusual stippled look.
Answered by: TJMAC
Date published: 2017-08-22

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
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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 87.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Out of 85 reviews, (at this time) 42 (including me) gave this product a 1. I bought expresso and... Out of 85 reviews, (at this time) 42 (including me) gave this product a 1. I bought expresso and thought it would be dark brown, it is black. It was sticky and hard to apply. No matter what I used it left streaks, brush, sock etc. After 2 coats it is lumpy, thick black paint looking. So I sanded the edges to my beautiful, expensive corner cabinet to look old with black bumpy paint on it. Not what I was trying to accomplish at all. Please everyone trying this, sample on something small first or you just may have a big mess on your hands.
Date published: 2017-09-19
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 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 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 2 out of 5 by from We will not use Polyshades again. We have used a similar product before with great success but t... We will not use Polyshades again. We have used a similar product before with great success but this product was not available. We carefully prepped the piece, sanding and wiping, and used a good quality brush. We had problems with uneven coverage and runs. We are not pros but have done several refinishing projects before. We did achieve minimally acceptable results after three coats and careful sanding between coats. It took much more time than anticipated and would not have been acceptable results on a more valuable piece of furniture. I should add, we have been pleased with minwax products before.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Found it extremely difficult to apply evenly over an existing finish. Tried wiping on with an old... Found it extremely difficult to apply evenly over an existing finish. Tried wiping on with an old sock. Accidental overlapping creates blotchy areas and unevenness and it tacks up almost instantly if its hot outside. It's easier to strip, sand, and stain or dye if you desire professional quality results. If you care about your project, just do it right the first time. Worth noting: Experimented a little with it and diluted it with mineral spirits (50%) and tried it as a wipe on poly over a stained test board (no topcoat) . It went on evenly and darkened the appearance. It could be used in a situation where you applied the wrong color stain and desire to darken things up so long as the grain is not sealed yet.
Date published: 2017-08-17
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 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
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