Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 8
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Dangerous Product. See pics.
We are pros contractors. We put this on a floor and it didn't dry after 5 days! The color turned to black
(see attached pics). We had to sand the floors again and deeply to remove it and still we were not able to remove all the black spots (see pic). We had a really hard time with correcting the mistake of applying this product. We asked our friends (floor pros) they said the product must had been defective...But how could we know before applying it?
July 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DocTom Poor results
I purchased the maple sealer/stain from the North Spokane Store. This was to restore a large cabinet door with plywood veneer. I removed all of the previous coatings, sanded as directed with 220 grit, then applied the sealer/stain. Very poor results. The product did not uniformly cover the door, left "good/bad" areas and required that I once again sand and reapply the product. After 3 applications the "good/bad" areas still remained. I went over to HD, purchased a can of spar varnish and oil based stain, applied and it covered uniformly in one coat! Needless to say, Miniwax has a very poor product in this area.
June 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rms59 Has applications where other stains won't do.
This product has it's uses but not as a general stain. I've done plenty of staining but would never use the Gel on a floor or tabletop where regular Minwax stain and Polyurethane sealer would do a much better job. If you have a nice clean piece of wood, use the regular stain and Poly.
Where Minwax stain has the consistency of water, the Gel is more like Mayonaise and acts as both a stain and a paint with each having an advantage. I had an old chair with many spindles in it and couldn't sand all of the old stain off without stripping it which I didn't want to do because I have 6 chairs and it was labor intensive to do it.
So... I sanded all the varnish off and some of the old stain with a 180 grit paper and applied the gel with a cloth. I wiped it on thin where the old stain was still there, and thicker where most of the old stain was sanded off. I did one chair as a test and it came out awesome. After letting it dry for a day I put on Minwax wipe on poly with a cloth, let it dry, and went over it with a 00 steel wool pad to smooth it out and then added another two coats of wipe on poly. Let the whole thing dry for a couple of days before using.
July 17, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by scallen Good for oil base
This is a great stain when you do not need gel. Minwax has always been top of the line, but be careful when trying to stain pine. For pine, either use a pre-stain coat of varnish thinned 3:1with mineral spirits, or go to the gel stains. Otherwise the stain will blotch as the stain is absorbed unevenly by the wood.
November 29, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Main Bathroom Cabinets
I had used the Minwax Polyshades and was very disappointed with how it turned out. I stripped and removed it and then went with the conventional staining using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Best decision I made for the cabinets. They turned out beautifully. I applied the Helmsman satin on top to protect from UV and water. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
February 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by hardwood worst stain on the market
stain bleeds back a day or so after applying does not dry like it should .if you apply polly the next day it will form areas where it will move the stain .by far the worst stain i ever used . the next time i will take the time and buy a good quality stain like bona
February 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CapeCodder Poor results using Minwax pre stain and Minwax Wood Finish "stain"
20 years ago these products worked nicely. Pre stain is supposed to prevent blotchy patches when applied before the stain. Newer Minwax stain product is a weird weak mixed of material that barely adds color. The $12.00 (each) spent on the these Minwax products produced weak blotchy coloring that will need to be fixed.
VERY poor value….
May 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by froggie56 q1 qt oil -based dark walnut stain
the stain worked well was easy to apply,and did a real nice job
June 25, 2013