Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinFC Nothing but trouble
My contractor used this product to finish my retro stair treads - oak. He hoped that the fast drying formula would allow us to complete the project sooner, but it has been nothing but trouble. We applied according to directions, in recommended temp and humidity. It has taken over a week for the first coat to dry. Every time he tries to sand, the finish gums up, not allowing him to progress.
My contractor is first a painting contractor, with many years of experience working with products such as this. This is his (and mine) first - and last- time working with this fast drying version of MinWax poly!
April 15, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DrDIY TURNED MY WHITE CABINETS YELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am extremely torn, as this product was very easy to use and apply to my cabinets that I had painted white. I applied this "CLEAR" coat to avoid smudges from fingerprints and whatever kind of kitchen messes could muss up my white cabinets over the years. I was completely stunned and powerless to do anything as the finish dried and my cabinets are now yellow. I am going to try to get a very fine sand paper to see if I can somehow sand off some of the finish(?). Hopefully I don't ruin the paint job as that took several days and coats. I am just devastated that I purchased this CLEAR product, and it turned out yellowing my project. PLEASE use caution if you are planning to use this over a light/white painted project. I gave it 3 stars because it was surprisingly extremely easy to work with and went on smoothly and beautifully. Maybe not the most conventional tool, but I used a trim pad to apply it. It's not foam, but more like a pad with very short hairs that you would use to apply paint to trimwork so you can get very close to edges. It seemed ideal for getting in the corners of my cabinet doors. I didn't have any issues with bubbles or dripping. I only regretted it after it dried yellow. I am attaching a photo of the finished product (don't mind the backsplash which is still in progress).
May 23, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Alexander Good finish but product doesn't store well
I have used Minwax products for over 40 years and have always been very happy. This was my first disappointment. I only needed a small amount but apparently they don't make pints anymore so I had to buy a quart. As expected it did the job. However, I just opened the can to use it again only a month later and there was a half inch of solid mass on the top. When I broke through that the rest of the polyurethane was like glue. It was completely unusable. So, if you need the whole quart, fine buy this product. But if you only need a small amount find something else because this doesn't store well at all. I've never had this happen to a can of polyurethane before.
December 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bib Good Results So Far
Even though it doesn't give instructions for spraying this finish on the can I have extensive experience with spray finishing so I decided to go for it. So far it's coming out amazing. I'm using a gravity feed hvlp with a 1.3 tip and spraying on very light coats and it's resulting in a beautiful low-luster sheen.
September 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Margie Polyurethane clear
I need some advise... I apply clear polyurethane on the tops of my oak chairs and two of them are dry the other 4 are sticky after 24 hours. What can I do to fix this.. Help.. This has never happen before....
August 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by melissa Smooth Finish
I have a bit of experience refinishing cabinets and doors. This is the first time I used this Minwax product. I was encouraged to try it by another customer. I brushed on the first cabinet door, like the instructions said and I did have the bubbles. I was using a Purdy Syntox brush. This product is thin and easy to spread, so I dipped a sock in the can and went over the brush strokes knowing those bubbles can't dry and ruin my door. The sock worked perfectly. I did the rest of the cabinets using a soft sock and the results are perfect. I can't believe how fast it dries and the sheen is a satin, not a gloss. I will say that because it's so much thinner than other polys, you have to do about a coat more. No big deal when it dries to the touch in about 6-8 hours.
April 22, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Heather Turned bettle kill pine floor yellow.
I don't have anything else to say because after working as long and as hard as I did, and even after testing a 1' board, when I got to the very last step in the project (poly) it turned it a bright yellow. I'm sick to my stomach - I can't believe how hard I've worked on this project, followed all of the rules, and now it's yellow. Not yellow'ish. YELLOW.
May 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sean VERY disappointed
Finish of product is inconsistant. I have purchased 1 gallon and six quarts and the finish on the wood has been inconsistant. I have shaken the product each time i've applied it, but the manufacturer recommends in addition to shaking the product, that the product be stirred for 15 minutes each time in order for the dulling agents to become properly dispersed. The clear satin finish shows a higher gloss sheen from SOME cans, which makes it nearly impossible to match new trim wood to trim wood installed two weeks previous.
It has been an expensive and lengthy process to prep this finish trim and I chose Minwax clear satin because the test results from the initial can displayed a beautiful finish. I wish I could get consistency from the product and it didn't require several tests and trips to the home center.
The mfg claims that there has been no change in the formulation of the product, adding more frustration to the situation. I recommend buying all the product you anticipate needing at the same time, and before opening a new can to apply a final (3rd or 4th) coat to your product, apply a test amount of the new can to see if the sheen matches.
May 30, 2015