Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 60
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ctop End result was great... but needed to add 3 coats of Poly
Just like most of these reviews the product really does not have much poly in it and you will have to add your own poly after you apply this stain. I thought this going in so when I purchased this stain I also bought poly just in case. The color of the stain was real nice and after adding 3 coats of poly and sanding after the first and second coat our new bathroom sliding door turned out great!
July 4, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ChewyNacho Absolutely TERRIBLE
I have stained many projects in two steps, First Stain, then Poly. This 2 in 1 seemed like a way to save time. I used this to re finish a hardwood floor for a nursery. The idea of saving a step was great, but it failed miserably. I stirred the can for a few minutes so it was evenly mixed. It seemed like I was painting the floor not staining it. The floor dried very uneven and now it looks like two dark colors of espresso coffee were dumped on my floor and it just looks bad... Some of it's glossy, most of it's not.
Baby is due in a week and I may have to start over. Trust me... Stain, then Poly. Never use this 2 in 1. I wont' tell you what my wife said when she saw the finished product.
March 21, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot 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.
August 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Robertwdc Difficult to work with
Very difficult to use...I agree with another reviewer...doesn't save time...adds it!
Save yourself some heartache - go the traditional route of stain first then poly. I sure wish I had.
August 14, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by marrsgirl Meh. It worked, but I wish I'd gone a different route.
My neighbor gave me a very beat-up loft bed. It had so many scratches, dings, gouges, and what legitimately looked like teeth marks on one of the rails. It was also covered in marks from pens, crayons, and colored markers. But hey, free is free, and this was a solid wood piece that would have cost me $1000 or more new, and the alternative was to get the Ikea version, which I'm pretty sure is made from the recycled cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls.
I knew I most definitely didn't want to have to strip and sand the whole thing down to bare wood. It's one of those huge beds with rails, headboard and footboard, plus two big end pieces with drawers, a desk, and shelves. I just wanted to sand down the problem areas and go from there. I had a sample can of another brand of espresso stain, and tested a small area. Even with the uneven sanded parts, the espresso color was able to achieve a uniform color and soaked right into the wood, right over the original "honey oak" stain. Bingo! Staining and sealing would be easier than prime+paint+seal, and the darker stain would disguise some of the deeper nicks in the wood. I just need to buy more stain.
When I got to the store I saw this stuff, and like other reviewers, was enticed by the idea of "stain plus seal in one". Well, first off, this stuff is nothing like traditional stain. It's more like painting polyurethane, only much, much worse. Think of it as a tinted polyurethane, with Elmers Glue mixed in. The instructions say to paint a THIN coat, and boy they weren't kidding! It is very easy to overload your brush, and if you get too much on, good luck redistributing it! I finally found my stride and figured out that I needed to keep my brush pretty dry, but the first section I painted looked like I'd used my dog as a paint brush. The good news is that a little does go a long way. The bad news is the pure tedium that is endured trying to achieve a finish that isn't gloppy and full of brush streaks.
The instructions recommend two coats. OHGODNO. I still wasn't quite sure if the one coat of this stuff was easier than one coat of stain + sealer, but I definitely knew I didn't want to do it all over again. Perhaps another coat would have achieved an actual uniform espresso color… what I had was more of an aged/patina sort of dark walnut. The instructions add that a third coat will make the color richer. I'm pretty sure I don't want to live in a world where three coats of this is required. I decided that I could live with it as is, as it definitely looked better than before. Perhaps if this had been going back into the neighbor's house with the marker-happy, furniture chewers, I would have opted for the second coat, but I decided I would take my chances. I found an inconspicuous spot, and using my fingernail tried to scrape away the finish. It stayed put! At least it seems pretty durable.
Oil based products generally have a strong odor, and this product does not fail to deliver in that regard. I worked outdoors with a gentle breeze and still found it overwhelming. Definitely work in a well-ventilated area and wait at least 48 hours to move your finished piece indoors.
In the end, I don't hate how it turned out, so there's that. With a $13 can of this stuff, a few sheets of sandpaper, three partial days of my precious time, and no small part of my sanity, I managed to make a very unsightly bed into something I won't be embarrassed to have in my home. If I had to do it over again, I would not be using this stuff.
January 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Don't do it on anything you value
Sanded down a 25 year old solid oak table. Thought I'd save some time and try this product, what a mistake. All of my comment are exactly the same as the multiple one star reviews of this product. It should say on the can, if you have an old piece of furniture that you are deciding to throw out or with a fresh coat of paint it might work in your kids college dorm room this product is for you! Next week I will have to start the entire project over again.
July 6, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Josh thin a little bit
I got this in order to save time on a project. I discovered that thinning it a little with mineral spirits prolongs the working time. Then, I scratch in the first coat with some 000 steel wool. Then immediately apply a brush coat with a good brush. It takes a little practice, but a light touch, a well loaded brush, and the right angle will get the material on well enough to flow out. In my opinion, that's the key. The material needs to flow out like a brush on poly. Doing a base scratch coat will work a coat in to the wood, and the second brush coat will flow out more even. After a day to cure, you can scratch in a poly top coat with 0000 steel woowool.
March 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rob don't bother brushing on, recommend spray only
Used this to re-stain my kitchen cabinets. I tried 3 different quality brushes and about a dozen techniques with terrible results. Took some advice from another review and tried spraying on. HUGE difference in quality of coat. Above average rating only because very little sanding was required to spray over old stain.
April 20, 2016