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Rust-Oleum Parks 1-gal. Crystal Clear Satin Water-Based Polyurethane
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Rust-Oleum Parks

1-gal. Crystal Clear Satin Water-Based Polyurethane

$39.98 /each

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Parks 1-gal. Clear Polyurethane offers superior protection for all types of wood finishing. Fast drying formula provides professional-grade quality. Adheres to most solvent-based stains.

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  • Ideal for easy application with a brush
  • Non-flammable, non-yellowing, clear finish
  • Clear gloss finish
  • Covers 650 sq. ft.
  • Provides added durability to wood finish
  • Excellent chemical and abrasion resistance
  • Cleans up with soap and water
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

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protection around toilet

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December 16, 2015
Can this product be used to protect wood flooring around a toilet? I am installing engineered bamboo (click-lock) flooring in a powder room and my 7 year old isn't always careful with his aim.
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September 13, 2016
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Do not waste your time and money with this water based poly, we have had to start over as it scratches and peels after one week
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August 7, 2016
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I've had this on my kitchen floor for a couple of years, and it survives occasional water spills just fine. But for any surface that's regularly wet/damp, I would still use oil-based poly (as much as I like this product, I bought oil-based poly for my enclosed porch, and I think that was the right decision - it's just tougher against water).
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January 11, 2016
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I wouldn't recommend it.
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December 30, 2015
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yes do 3 to 4 coats mine is awesome
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December 18, 2015
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Yes, Pro Finisher Water-Base Polyurethane is a durable clear finish designed for coating and protecting hardwood floors and other interior wood surfaces.
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How strong is the smell and will it last long.

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October 28, 2015
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January 11, 2016
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You need good ventilation for large areas like floors but no air blowing on floor. This stuff dries really fast. The odor lasts a couple hours.
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January 11, 2016
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Need a well ventilated area for large areas like floors.but don't want air blowing on the floor; this stuff dries really fast and you must keep a wet edge.Odor is not an issue for doing woodwork unless you have a heck of a lot. The odor only lasts a couple hours.
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October 30, 2015
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Linda, Parks Polyurethane has a mild odor that will dissipate while the product is curing. With proper ventilation, once fully cured (about 48 hours) the smell will no longer be present.
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What's the process between coats?

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Should I sand between coats? I would like to get the floor a bit smoother. Or just use a hand-held buffer? Would something like this do the trick? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-6-in-Buffer-RB61/204268214
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August 7, 2016
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Officially: very light sanding, careful cleaning of dust (no chemicals!), apply another thin coat. But I just waited till it was dry to the touch - skipped the sanding. Of course, I chose a satin varnish in part because it would look a bit more rustic. Probably the right person could detect dust motes in my surfaces. I don't see anything bothersome, though. This is much less sticky/dust-trapping than Read More
Officially: very light sanding, careful cleaning of dust (no chemicals!), apply another thin coat. But I just waited till it was dry to the touch - skipped the sanding. Of course, I chose a satin varnish in part because it would look a bit more rustic. Probably the right person could detect dust motes in my surfaces. I don't see anything bothersome, though. This is much less sticky/dust-trapping than oil-based poly, which is practically glue. If you are looking for a pristine finish, I would obey the directions and sand. But if you just want it to look reasonably smooth, I'm sure buffing would be plenty - I'm not sure you'd even need to do that. Read Less
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Only need to sand after the first coat on bare wood. No sanding required between subsequent coats as long as you apply them within, I think it is, 12 hours. That time frame worked for me anyway.
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August 27, 2015
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When applying multiple coats of Parks Water-Based Polyurethane, allow product to dry a minimum of 1-2 hours between coats. Sanding between coats is not required for adhesion as long as the time between coats is less than 6 hours. However, screening or sanding between coats usually produces a smoother, better looking finish. A minimum of 3 coats is recommended. Do not apply more than 2 coats the same day. Read More
When applying multiple coats of Parks Water-Based Polyurethane, allow product to dry a minimum of 1-2 hours between coats. Sanding between coats is not required for adhesion as long as the time between coats is less than 6 hours. However, screening or sanding between coats usually produces a smoother, better looking finish. A minimum of 3 coats is recommended. Do not apply more than 2 coats the same day. Sand between coats with 120-150 grit sandpaper or maroon abrasive pad. After sanding, vacuum surface and wipe clean with a lightly dampened lint-free cloth to remove dust before applying the next coat. Read Less
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Why can't I apply more than 2 coats in a day? How many hours until the 3rd coat?

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Probably something to do with curing time; even if they seem dry, the more coats you apply, the more they're SECRETLY not hardened yet. But I think I applied 4-5 (very thin) coats in a single day :). I just waited until the floor was dry to the touch, and then started the next one. I did give it a couple of days to cure after the last coat, though.
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July 26, 2016
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Rust-Oleum Pro Finisher Polyurethane for Floors requires a minimum of 3 coats at a rate of 600-700 square feet per gallon. No more than 2 coats should be applied in the same day to ensure proper drying and curing of the finish. You may apply a 3rd coat after 10-12 hours.
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1-gal. Crystal Clear Satin Water-Based Polyurethane is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from incredibly useful I've been using this for three or four years. It's one of my favorite products. It goes on and cleans up extremely easily. When wet, it's milky-white, with an almost blue cast, but it dries perfectly clear, with a perfect satin (NOT MATTE) finish. Note there is a difference between clear and colorless! It dries faintly yellow - MUCH more faintly than oil-based finishes. I used it to protect the (latex) paint job on my lower kitchen cabinets (which are slate blue), and it did not alter the color and has held up extremely well. However, over white paint, it leaves a faint yellow color, especially if you use multiple coats. I compromised with one extremely thin coat on an antique cabinet, and that worked OK. But it wouldn't leave a bright white color. I also used it on my restored kitchen floor. I used five very thin coats (and I never sand between - life is short). It has held up EXTREMELY well - I see no difference in durability between it and the oil-based poly on the floor in the next room as far as scratch and wear resistance. I did see blotches in the stain after the varnish went on, but I think that's due to all the tar adhesive I sanded off the wood (that had probably left a chemical residue after decades), because I also used this on stool-tops stained with (the same) oil-based stain, and two of those came out perfect (the third had some blotches, but they are pine and I should have pre-treated them before stain, as I know perfectly well). Oil-based varnish going over oil-based stain is worry-free in terms of color, by the way, but oil-based stain has other hassles (and good points too). This product is also somewhat permeable compared to oil-based stain - if you leave standing water (let alone chemicals) on your surface for an extended period, you may see some discoloration THROUGH the water-based varnish (without physical damage, necessarily); oil is a bit tougher. The question is how rough you're going to be with the surface. For furniture, bedroom floors, etc., this is by far the easiest product to use. For a VERY high-traffic area, you might want oil. Final notes: doesn't smell like oil-based varnish, but NOT ODOR-FREE. Ventilate well if you don't want a headache. And finally, one gallon will last an eternity. I've done the kitchen floor, all the cabinets, a staircase, and several pieces of furniture - and I still have some left. Not cheap, but well worth the money!
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parks polyurethane satin finish I'm very happy with this product.. Looks great after four coats with no more than two per day. Be aware that the preparation is most important by sanding all the drum roller marks out " these will be noticeable" after first coat.. I used a nine inch deck pad to apply... and went with the grain. Looks great after the seven days total cure time. 9"9
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stuff I bought this ( I bought the gloss) to finish my hardwood floors I wasn't sure how it would turn out due to being inexpensive. Wow it looks great much better than I could have hoped for. I like the wet look and that's what I got. I'm very impressed it doesn't lose its shine after mopping it like the other brand I used. Would recommend this product.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is probably the most simple polyurethane I have ever used! I have finished furniture for ma... This is probably the most simple polyurethane I have ever used! I have finished furniture for many years with an oil based product because I thought it was just better. Don't confuse what I'm saying...oil based does last longer. This product was just a dream to work with. I have 57 year old wood floors that we found under our carpet when we bought our home. Whoa! They were in really good shape, but needed some TLC. The wood was in very good shape, but I wanted that "just polished" look all the time. So, I finally set out to tackle this project. Don't cheat yourself...get a decent application tool to apply this. A brush just won't cut it on floors. I followed directions on how to apply the product. Keep your applicator tool wet, but not soaking. Don't leave dry streaks by not keeping it wet enough. Apply with the grain of the wood. Super fast application and dry time was fast. I ended up applying 3 coats in about 75 minutes. Yes...it dries that fast. I didn't want that super high gloss look, so I chose the satin. It really looks good and has held up with no signs of scuffing or minor scratches for over 4 weeks. I don't have a lot of time or money invested and if it shows signs of wearing, I'm not overly concerned. I can always touch it up or re-do it. I have no issue with using this again. There are several bad reviews on this product, but take into consideration that everything we use has good and bad reviews. Just take your time and follow the directions.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Water-based polyurethane better than oil based. Almost no odor. Dries super fast and looks beautiful! . Had never refinished hardwood floors before. Followed recommendation to use oil based poly...BIG mistake!! The fumes were horrendous and made us sick. Even after the floor had dried, the smell was horrible. We applied the water based over the dried oil based. It dried within an hour and locked in the stench of the oil based application. Was able to apply 5 coats of water based within 5 hours because it dries so quickly. And I love the look of my floors now...they look warm and soft and natural rather than having the orange glow that was left when the oil based finally dried. I will never use oil based poly again when refinishing my remaining hardwood floors. Loved this product!!!
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 14 years and counting..... When my wife and I began our hybrid log home build back in 1999, we gutted a standard 1700 sq. ft. ranch and started over. We raised the roof pitch,moved rooms around,and finished the whole inside of the home in a combination of knotty pine T&G 1X6 on all interior walls, and also T&G log siding on all inner faces of the exterior walls, plus exposed log pillars and square timber beams for the support structure. When it came time to finish the wood(which we did BEFORE installing it, to eliminate witness lines when the wood dried out in winter and shrank) I had seen enough dark pine walls in basements over the years to know I did NOT want the look of darkly yellowed,dated pine walls of the fifties and sixties. The only way to achieve this, as wood naturally darkens with age and UV rays exposure, so you don't need to add more darkening by using a spirit-based finish that also darkens with age, was to use a water based polyurethane. Parks was what was available at the time at HD, and that is what we still use to this day. It dries fast, can be recoated within an hour or so, can be brushed, sprayed (worked GREAT in my HVLP gravity feed gun with NO thinning, on all my arch- topped interior doors) and IT DID NOT ADD the typical yellowing with age. To this day, the interior walls of our home stayed relatively nice and bright, the natural aging of the wood has definitely darkened over time, especially where the sun can get to surfaces such as stairways, skylight wells, window trim,etc. But the poly has held up great and adds to the easy cleaning when the walls need washing or dusting. One thing I might add, which is true of ANY water-based POLY product (this does not mean water based laquer) is that if you try to sand between coats, and break through the previous layer, the recoat will highlight the areas where the sanding broke through, and your finished project will appear splotchy. The best way to finish raw wood with a water based product is to let the raw wood grain raise up BEFORE a sanding sealer coat by wetting the area with a spray bottle of water and wiping it off, let the wood dry, then LIGHTLY sand the raised grain level and then applying the poly. the resulting minimal grain raising after that can be lightly scuffed down with very fine (I use 400 grit wet/dry paper-NO steel wool! using steel wool with water finishes will cause rust spots in your project!) sandpaper and the recoat process can begin. My way to give wood clarity is to first apply the sanding sealer, then use the gloss finish 1 or two coats(this is for vertical surfaces, not floors) and as a final coat use a satin coat to cut the glare of gloss but let the grain show through without a milky appearance...using satin with too many coats "muddies" the grain because of the "flatting" agents in the poly to cut back on the reflective nature of crystal clear poly,or any finish for that matter. As another reviewer stated, you should not use ANY type of petroleum based product before putting a water based finish on....the water based finish needs to adhere to raw wood for the film to harden and bind to the wood fibers and accept further coats for wear resistance.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad product We will never buy this product again or recommend it to anyone. My husband followed all the directions and we waited a full 7 days for it to cure. Our floors will have to be redone again. There are scuff marks and scratches all over the floor. We don't wear shoes in the house and have felt furniture movers under every single piece of furniture. Very disappiinted! We'd give it "0" stars if we were allowed.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Product About 18 months ago I did 4 projects in my little bungalow with this product. The oak floor in the living room was badly discolored even after sanding so I was forced to stain it dark. I used Minwax Jacobean oil base stain and waited about 5 days before applying the Pro Polyurethane. Over the course of 2 days I put down 7 coats. I know that lots of coats but it was quick and easy to apply. There was no need to sand after the first coat with the oil base stain. The product is very forgiving. Just be sure to keep a wet edge. I edged with a brush and used a pad applicator. Sanded and applied Pro in the upstairs bedroom to a mixed hardwood floor. No stain so it was necessary to sand after first coat. Put down 7 coats again. The oak stair treads going upstairs had been finished with oil base urethane several years before (by a previous owner). The finish was worn and paint splattered. I cleaned up the paint, lightly hand sanded the surfaces, installed one new tread, applied an oil based stain I mixed using a couple different Minwax colors to match the existing amber look on the new tread and the worn spots on the others. Seven coats again. I made the trim and stair rail parts for the upstairs bedroom from douglas fir and used knotty pine doors. Again I used my amber color oil stain and applied 4 coats of pro about 5 days later. I achieved great results on all of these projects. After 18 months there are no signs of wear or scratching in the heavy traffic areas. The only reason I don't give this product a 5 is because I have noticed some scuffing. They look like something I could probably rub out but I don't know. My dog, 9 lbs, chases her toy across the living room hardwood floor sliding around. No scratches. I used satin so maybe scratches that other reviewers complain about are with a glossier finish, don't know. I'm happy with my results after 18 months of use.
Date published: 2016-01-12
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