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

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: 2017-05-11

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 79.
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 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 This is my second attempt at using Polyshades satin finish, this time on a large built-in bookshe... This is my second attempt at using Polyshades satin finish, this time on a large built-in bookshelf project, done in oak and oak ply. Tried it because I had almost a full quart left from an earlier cabinet door project. I think it works much better on dense woods like oak or maple-- pine not so much. I used it according to the directions without problems. Two observations: it needs to be thoroughly stirred, otherwise yes there will be blobs in the can that can end up on the brush; and use a GOOD quality brush rated for stains and polys-- don't scrimp here. No blotchiness or tendency to dry too quickly, went on smoothly and evenly. Knocked down the first coat raised grain with some 320 grit paper after a day's drying time and applied the second coat. Will probably add clear poly on the horizontal surfaces for added wear protection.
Date published: 2017-01-08
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
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