I gave this a 4 star rating because the issues I have with this and all water base polyurethanes is the bubbles they leave even when you do your best efforts applying it. But when you get it right it looks awesome and the clean up is easy. You should use a quality brush and don't rake off the excess from your brush back into the can; use a different can and pour it back in when done, because it creates bubble that you pick up on your next dip with the brush. Also if you are careful you can touch the bubbles with a tooth pick or something sharp to pop them, but do wait too long after applying it. Of course this is done only one the last coat because you will sand the previous coat or coats. One last thing, I found it better to apply the coats in a cool environment between 65 - 68 degrees so it drys slower allowing you more time to eliminate bubbles.
This is an okay polyeurathane but I recommend no more than 3 coats! The can says the apply at lea...
September 16, 2019
This is an okay polyeurathane but I recommend no more than 3 coats! The can says the apply at least three, I did 4. It darkened the stain a little bit (which I ended up not minding) but on the fourth coat, my finish became cloudy. I later read this is probably due to a 'flattening agent' in the satin poly that causes cloudiness with too many coats. Satin finish (low gloss) is my favorite and looks great.
This poly goes on easy and dries very fast (within an hour or two) and has very little odor. I sanded about 300 grit in between coats and the finish came out nice and smooth. As far as scratch resistance, I find it still scratches pretty easily. There were a few small scratches after working with it on my clean workbench top.
I don't know who thinks this is a matte, non-reflective surface, but I'm in the painting business...
June 15, 2019
I don't know who thinks this is a matte, non-reflective surface, but I'm in the painting business and this is a low-gloss satin sheen if I've ever seen one. I needed a flat, matte finish and I get shiny. Not good and wouldn't recommend based solely on that.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportJune 17, 2019
That was not the intention! To achieve the right finish, keep in mind that a minimum of 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Polyurethane is required. Make sure to also thoroughly mix the can beforehand as well as often during application too. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5
The product was suggested by a blogger who had painted her kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and didn't want to use wax for the surface on her cabinets. She loved it and said that it didn't yellow. I have just completed painting my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and used the product for my final sealer (instead of the wax). It went on smooth - has a soft luster finish similar to using the wax would have been on the cabinets. I have been using the cabinets for about 3 months. Love it. So far it is holding up well in my busy kitchen. I would recommend this product. Only down side is it comes in horribly small containers and it's hard to get a brush that fits in it.
I painted and stenciled my bathroom floor tile. I used this water based polyurethane as a protective coating. I used a flat pad to apply it and 3 coats of polyurethane. It looks beautiful and I still have some left in the first can and haven't used any of the second can.
This product is much too thick. It goes on with really obvious brushstrokes and leaves lines and ...
February 1, 2019
This product is much too thick. It goes on with really obvious brushstrokes and leaves lines and residue everywhere. 'd spent days giving a door 4 coats of tinted stain and it looked fantastic. I then gave it one clear coat with this product and now it's ruined. Take a look at the before and after photos. I will have to sand and re start. I've done dozens of restorations with many products and this is the worst I've ever used. I cannot understand how the people at Varathane would think this is an acceptable product to sell.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportFebruary 4, 2019
That is not what we like to hear! Our Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane is designed to apply easily using a good quality synthetic bristle brush or applicator pad. A minimum of 4 coats are needed to ensure the expected appearance and performance. Prior to applying the final coat, we recommend lightly sanding the surface with 220 grit sandpaper to ensure an ultra-smooth final finish. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
First time finishing a floor. Chose water-based for quick drying, low odor claims. This product was exactly as claimed. It goes on smooth and easily, not messy to work with, cleans up fast. I applied five coats allowing at least two hours drying time. It dries very quickly but I followed the instructions to be sure.
The floor looks great, has a nice shine, and smooth to walk on. I would not hesitate to use this floor finish again, it has been about four weeks and still take notice of the floor when entering the room. Used about 3/4 of one gallon to complete a 12x20 area.
I do mosaics and often the pieces are white. I've been burned before by so called crystal clear finishes yellowing up my pieces. I used this on a triple test - white tile, white grout, and gold ceramic. It finished beautifully, no streaks across the gold and the white remained perfectly white. I wish I had taken a shot of it before drying, it looked like I poured milk everywhere, but it dried without a streak and a great glossy finish. Picture attached is after, but it quite honestly looks the same as before, just with a protective finish now. I do agree that it's drippy, but I just run my brush in the center of the piece first so it's not dripping by the time I get to my edges. In any case, that's really not an issue for me.