Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by handymom1999 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by needanswer NEEDTO ASK A QUESTION
I AM USING THIS POLYURETHANE FOR THE FIRST TIME. I TRIED A PURDY BRUSH AND THEN A FOAM BRUSH. HAD LOTS OF BUBBLES WITH BOTH. THEN I DID WHAT HANDYMOM 1999 DID. I USED A LINT FREE CLOTH TO WIPE THEM. AFTER SHE APPLIED FIRST COAT DID SHE SAND AND APPLY SECOND COAT WITH THE SOCK?
April 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PThomas Produced a great finish
I think the keys to using this product are take your time and don't skimp on the sanding. I used this to apply a protective finish to a project I was making out of pine. I didn't want a high gloss and this satin polyurethane did just the trick. Others have complained about bubbles coming up on their work but I believe a lot of that occurs because of shaking the bottle. I'm tempted to shake it to because it's smaller than the gallon size, but a few stirs with a paint stick is all you need. Sanding lightly helps you get a good final fish, especially if you look at your first coats and see bits of dust stuck on. Good product that will give you professional results.
July 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dave PLEASED WITH RESULTS
i have experience with older polyurethane varnishes from over 10 years ago. I chose an oil base because a water base will surely raise the grain.
I was impressed with the soft satin finish fast build up, excellent leveling and transparency..
Can says 6 hours to dry and 24 hours to full hardness. I varnished fumed oak-oak treated with ammonia. Perhaps, because of the oak or? But, the finish needed at least 24 hours to be hard enough to sand with ultra fine sand paper. No problem. I was hot in a rush but, if, I was doing a floor, I would need to learn to fly.. .
December 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Craig Overall good quality.
I thought this was a bit more glossy than anticipated as well, but I'm okay with it. I used it on a dining room table I bought and it works really well. Following the directions and using as light of a coat as possible for the first coat makes for a great outcome. The second coat I used seemed to take more than the first, but overall, I was impressed with the outcome. My past experiences involved a bunch of runs and extensive sanding between coats. Not with this. I really didn't even see the need to sand after the first coat, but I did anyway since the directions said to.
October 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by daVinci Great finish
If you follow the directions, you'll get exactly what Minwax promises - a great finish for you project. In the past I've done three coats, but I two was just fine thought with this polyurethane.
February 8, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SRQrainbarrels The Best!
I personally like the satin best. If you want a glossy (very shiny) finish get the gloss.. This is a bit more sedate. It gives you a classy finish without being too gaudy. Put on thin coats, sand lightly between them and it will be great when you're done. Quite durable as well, the wood will actually become a litter harder to ding!
November 20, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by None Excellent, but follow directions
This product works extrodinary when done right. Alot of people have reviewed minwax's oil based poly and complain about bubbling and this and that. The problem I think is many arent doing as instructed. I made sure I followed this application to a T. I did absolutely everythign I was supposed to and lots of research and my floors are beautiful. I finished floors for the first time in a 1940's house and I have no complaints.
Advice for people using this. i used their walnut stain and this poly. make sure that you use mineral spirits before you apply this to pick up the excess stain. My biggest advice to avoid bubbling is make sure after you overlap you flatten the excess stain strips with a small brush to get the stain flattened. Lastly people need to understand it dries almost how it looks. meaning if you see bubbles they will dry as bubbles. so when you see a bubble you flatten immediately. other than that I just have to say good luck to you on your task and follow directions!
August 24, 2013