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1 qt. Satin Polyurethane Wipe-On

  • Protects decorative wood surfaces with hand rubbed beauty
  • Easy wipe on poly for a smooth, even finish with high detail
  • Covers up to 75 sq. ft. with a classic, clear protective finish
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Watco 1 Qt. Satin Wipe-On Polyurethane provides the protection of a polyurethane finish in a formula that is hand-applied and wiped onto wood. Wipe on surfaces to get into areas that are difficult to reach with traditional brush-on polyurethane. Clear finish protects wood furniture and other interior wood surfaces from water, liquids, chemicals, stains and other wear from use.
  • Ideal for providing a clear wood finish on interior wood projects and applications including wood furniture, doors, paneling and other intricate wood pieces
  • Covers up to 75 sq. ft., apply at least 3 coats on surfaces
  • Satin sheen adds a low luster finish to interior wood surfaces
  • Durable formula features a classic hand rubbed look
  • Oil-based formula offers stain resistance over stained, painted or bare interior wood surfaces
  • Wipe-on and apply to surfaces using a clean, lint-free cotton cloth
  • Dries to the touch in 2-4 hours and recoat within 4-6 hours
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
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Q:Is this durable enough for use on stair treads?
by|Sep 1, 2022
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A:  Happy to help Maggie. Watco Wipe-On Poly cannot be applied to steps, it is not designed to withstand foot traffic. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 6

by|Sep 1, 2022
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    Q:I?m having limited success with this product. It?s hard to apply evenly with a cloth and you can?t go back over what?s been applied to smooth it out. Is there anywhere you provide better directions or instructions to make it work well?
    by|Aug 12, 2022
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    A:  We are here to help, Kate! We want to gather more details about your experience so far with Rust-Oleum Watco Wipe-On Polyurethane, and try to offer more guidance. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

    by|Aug 12, 2022
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      Q:What do you mix it in? Not in the can. Do you pour it all into another container? Then pour it back into the can? I only need to use a small amount at a time. I?m confused how to make this work.
      by|Aug 9, 2022
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      A:  I gently rotated the can upside down several times to mix it (nothing vigorous). You may also find a clean skinny stick to stir it with (I'm not sure a paint stick would fit). I poured about a half cup into a small container (like a pint-sized plastic to-go soup container) that I dipped a rag into to rub on the wood. I refilled the cup as I worked (it was a large job). It worked great for me. Any streaks in the finish eventually smoothed out as the varnish dried. I switched out my gloves and the rags when they got too sticky to manage. If I had varnish left over, I poured it back in the can, but typically did not have to do that since I worked in small batches.

      by|Aug 30, 2022
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        A:  Thank you for reaching out, Kate. You would need to apply a coat of the Rust-Oleum Watco Wipe-On Poly using a good quality lint-free rag or cloth. Simply pour the product onto the rag and then wipe on. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

        by|Aug 12, 2022
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          Q:is this supposed to thick and sticky out of the can, makes it hard to wipe on.
          by|Nov 24, 2020
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          A:  It is supposed to be. But it is so thick and sticky to be used as a wipe on poly

          by|Dec 24, 2020

            A:  You can thin it with mineral spirits.

            by|Jul 27, 2021

            A:  Thank you for reaching out, Steve! If concerned about the consistency of Rust-Oleum Watco Wipe-On Polyurethane, please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further. When calling, please have your can nearby, so we can collect the batch information from the container! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

            by|Dec 5, 2020

              A:  No, it is more fluid than motor oil. Yours is too old or was open before.

              by|Jan 11, 2021
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              Customer Reviews

              3.4 out of 5
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              It was easy to use and it turned out beautiful....
              It was easy to use and it turned out beautiful.
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              This was easy to apply and we stained and then...
              This was easy to apply and we stained and then applied three light coats to 2 new plywood birch cabinet doors that I routed the edges (lightly sanding with 600 grit sandpaper in between coats) and the finished product was excellent and matched very well.
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              complete trash
              This product is the worst finishing product I have ever used. If you want your project looking like it was wiped down with the dirtiest mop in the world then this is for you. It is thick and sticky such that it will turn over your rag as you wipe. It dries within seconds such that it never levels off and leaves every single streak mark from your applicator. Run away! The first coat with a cotton towel went so bad I tried the second with a microfiber foam applicator like you might use for applying wax to your car. The thickness of the microfiber applicator fixed the problem of losing grip on the rag because the finish is so sticky. It made no differece to the streaking tho. I tried a third coat where I worked the product until it dried, about 60 seconds for this junk. That coat turned out more level than the previous two but still the worst finish I have ever done. I have used regular brush on poly and minwax wipe on poly without issue. I cannot figure out how rust-oleum let this out the door. They should be ashamed.
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              Response from Rust-OleumSupportNov 24, 2020
              Thank you for reaching out! For the best results, we recommend applying Rust-Oleum Watco Wipe-On Polyurethane with a good quality lint free rag or cloth. For the best results, we recommend applying only when air (ambient) temperature is between 60-90°F (16-32°C) and relative humidity is below 85%. Applying in an area with good ventilation is also recommended.
              - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
                3 found this review helpful
                Perfect for Acacia wood countertops
                This product worked perfectly to give a clear rubbed on finish and keep the natural beauty of the wood. It is easy to apply with a simple rag and three coats gives very durable food resistant finish. Our contractor used another product that cost ten times as much and left a glassy finished (first image) that distracts from the natural beauty of the wood and was much more difficult to apply. See photos for differences.
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                  Watco Wipe-On Poly is my go to wipe on finish over oil based stains and tinted danish oil stains....
                  Watco Wipe-On Poly is my go to wipe on finish over oil based stains and tinted danish oil stains. It provides a great low build up finish and allows for adding coats (minimum of 3 recommended) until desired sealing and sheen are achieved. I use both Satin and Gloss depending upon the project.
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                  2 found this review helpful
                  Absolute and utter garbage
                  This stuff is so thick and sticky that it’s impossible to get a smooth streak-free finish on a large surface. I thought step 1 was laughable considering that the instructions said to mix thoroughly, how does one mix thoroughly through a hole the size a of a half dollar? Pour the entire can into something with a larger opening to allow for the stirring? And then what? Pour the contents back into the can? Or use it all in one go? Just reading those directions I should have just immediately returned it. But I didn’t so on to coat 1. Coat 1 was applied by wiping it on (as the name states), it didn’t go too well. Because of the stickiness it was impossible to get a smooth application before my cloth would start to get tacky and leave drag marks. I hoped it would magically level out during the drying process...it didn’t. For coat 2 I decided to brush on the poly in hopes it would be better. I was finishing a dresser so opted to start with a small drawer to test the application. I, of course, sanded all the pieces first with 240 grit sandpaper to help smooth it a bit. It went much better. Some streaks but they were minimal compared to the cloth application. After applying the test application with my brush I cleaned my area and thoroughly cleaned my brand new brush with paint thinner and left it to dry until I could get back to the project in the morning. When I started at it again the next morning I found out that all of the bristles on my new brush were completely stuck together, apparently paint thinner isn’t good enough to clean this product off. After throwing out my new brush I grabbed another and proceeded on. All drawers were poly’d and they looked passable. On to the top of the dresser. Again, using the brush did a passable job but still left a bit of streaking. After well over 4 hours I attempted a 3rd and final coat. After sanding I began to apply the 3rd coat and again noticed that it was quickly getting tacky causing the brush to drag. Yet again causing ugly brush strokes and streaks all over the top of my dresser. I suffered through the 3rd coat knowing it would dry a disastrous mess. And it did. Now I’m left with a giant mess that I’ll likely have to completely strip and spend more money to start over again. This stuff is absolute trash. Save yourself the time and energy and buy a different brand.
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                  Response from Rust-OleumSupportJun 12, 2020
                  That is not what we like to hear! Our Watco Wipe on Polyurethane is designed to apply easily using a lint-free cloth. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to learn more about these issues and try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
                    5 found this review helpful
                    Easy to apply. Dried quickly. Exactly what I needed for...
                    Easy to apply. Dried quickly. Exactly what I needed for my project.
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                    Great finish to work with. A little more time demanding than other wipeon ploys but effort is wor...
                    Great finish to work with. A little more time demanding than other wipeon ploys but effort is worth the superior outcome
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                    1 found this review helpful
                    I wiped on 4 coats on a bare tabletop. Came out beautiful!
                    I wiped on 4 coats on a bare tabletop. Came out beautiful!
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                    • Recommended
                    1 found this review helpful
                    Great product. easy to apply and produces a professional finish.
                    Great product. easy to apply and produces a professional finish.
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