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


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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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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Customer Questions & Answers

Even though it says interior only could it be used on a railing on a porch?

Asked by: DavidO
Hello. No, Polyshades is meant to be applied indoors only. Outdoors, it will fade rather quickly. Regards, Minwax Customer Service
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-01-31

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 had the same problem. Unfortunately because it's also a poly/stain blend, it makes it difficult to even out the color without adding a 2nd coat. And if your project is like mine, adding a second coat would make it way too dark (covering all signs of the grain). So I actually stripped it down and sanded it again. Re-applied the same product in a different (Lighter) shade. SAME PROBLEM (yes, I'm shouting). Next time I'll save the headache and use simple stain first, then poly.
Answered by: slooter
Date published: 2017-01-04

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

Asked by: Shaggy
Yes, sanding is ideal.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2016-09-30

Can this be used on kitchen table? Will it then be waterproof in case of liquid spill?

Asked by: Kayla
Yes, it can be used on the table and yes, it will be waterproof.
Answered by: Kiki
Date published: 2016-12-16
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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 70.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saved my time and money on staircase. Okay I did my first staircase. My wife wanted a dark stained tread with white risers and skirts. I stained the first time and it would not get dark enough. Due to improper prep and the filler showing through the stain. I started from scratch. (Sanded it all down and started fresh.) I used a new darker stain which was an espresso 273 from Minwax. BUT because I sanded with too fine a paper. (Found out later.) The stain didn't absorb as dark as my wife wanted. I read on the forums it was not recommended to use polyshades on stairs and floors. But it went on fine and looks better than a lot of professional stain jobs. You can still see grains in the wood. But again it was not recommended so I put three coats of poly over it and its standing up to the beating so far. I dropped a nail gun down the stairs and nicked it. Took some wood glue and sawdust and mixed. Did a repair and then put on some poly and it looks seamless. I know the reason its not recommended for floor and that's because it floats on the wood. So any scratch or gouge will show the true color of the wood. I think I did okay because I already stained twice. (Shrug)
Date published: 2016-09-10
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 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Ever! I must admit. It's been more than 10 years since I used Minwax Polyshades and while it was okay, It wasn't anything spectacular but I bought it anyway to go over some previously finished doors because they were showing a little wear and to darken the color a bit. This is the only product on the market that I could find locally where I didn't have to completely strip the wood so I decided to go with this (again) as I said. What do I think about today's Polyshades? WOW, like night and day! Flows well. Adheres to the surface (following the directions and proper surface preparation of course) almost like good old-fashioned varnish which is near impossible to find. It still needs two coats but it lays flatter and looks way better after each coat than I ever remembered or imagined it would.
Date published: 2016-10-09
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 4 out of 5 by from Good, but need to use it for the correct project. I wanted to freshen up the stair rails and posts in our house. I purchased of a can with high hopes of it doing what I needed it to do. First thing to know, this is NOT a PENETRATING stain. If you try to use polyshades on raw or very dry, porous surfaces, it will be a certain fail. This is more of a top coat. When I first started using this, a few swear words passed thru my lips. I was using a brush to apply it. I applied a small amount to an area to test it and then wiped some off like with regular stains. Nope. I tried carefully brushing it on lightly. Nope. I tried drenching it to get it to apply evenly. Nope. I sat back and eyed the product with contempt. I removed myself from the situation to refuel with stronger coffee. I then went back to the poly, removed 1/3 of the can of the poly to a separate container. I then added mineral spirits to the original can to replace the part I had removed. BINGO!! The poly went on thinner, but smoother and the mineral spirits increased the drying time enough so that I could smooth and blend whatever I needed to. I ended up doing three coats. It turned out gorgeous. I ended up doing the hand rails, the posts, the spindles, all the 6 panel doors (front and back) on the main floor, the mantle, the french doors to the sun room, and all of the trim including the windows, on the main floor. Three times. LOL. It was like a new house. I used a different technique on the cabinets, but my next cabinet project will be with this instead. It looks good with an under coat of deep red also. The key to headache free use was to thin the product with mineral spirits.
Date published: 2016-04-08
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
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