Minwax is fine. I brush on, let sit for about minute while I’m brushing on further down the project. Use our guide to get familiar with this natural flooring material, Make your kitchen uniquely yours with painted cabinetry. My bathroom vanity is also the same oak and the Antique Walnut polyshades worked fine on that to give it a finish a couple of shades darker than the oak. Several posters on another message board I use tried it on my recommendation and loved it. Find out what stains your flooring contractor likes to work with. It the trim is already stained and SEALED you should try in a small area gently sanding the surface and giving a coat of poly-shade. When it's applied even it's works great. Gently repeat the stirring every 10 minutes to assure that the color remains evenly distributed throughout the polyurethane. I have settled into 1.5" width max. Overall layout of the space? You must your finish your section. For a smaller project like an occasional table I'd use it. Minwax also has very high VOC content. After wiping off the dust, apply Polycrylic®. Polyurethane is so durable and water-resistant, it has largely replaced shellac and varnish as a wood finish. Since I now had a coat of Minwax polyurethane one the wood, I searched for a stain that I could apply over the existing varnish. I can see that to an amateur this would be acceptable, and I'm guessing 9 out of 10 of my friends that have no idea about fine woodworking would say, "that looks great!" Available sizes: 1½", 2", 2½". I've tried this and "Howards Restore-a-Finish". If you decide to use it I strongly recommend you test, test, test, on an area that won't be seen so you can get the hang of how to control it. ... soaking a rag in that, wringing it out and wiping with the mix along the grain, overlapping your previous pass 1/2 each wipe. terrible idea. It IS VERY difficult to get an even color over large surfaces, and I have pretty good hand control and alot of patience. I build furniture from scratch and have finished/ refinished dozens of pieces. From furniture to floors, trust Minwax® products that beautify and protect wood. I end up wiping it all off sometimes when I mess it up and re-doing it. So I went for it a tried a small patch of our staircase. using a 4" purdy oil brush, about as nice as they come, I could not get an even color coat. Decided to use the “one step” approach and am regretting it. In this installment of Quick Tips from Minwax®, wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shows you how to change the color of your wood furniture without stripping it down to bare wood. 12 shares. Let the stain sit for the appropriate amount of time per the product instructions. I already have primer from SW that can go over varnished woodwork, so I could be all set. Good luck on your future projects, Elaine. It takes several coats to go from the light to the dark color I want, and it's critical to rub with steel wool between coats. Looking for speed and convenience? Sorry for the delay in replying. Not sure how long this product has been out, but it is pretty neat in that it has stain & poly all in one step. - Clean your surface well (duh). it was impossible to get an even color and the verticle pieces ran. Another vote for not to use it. I have no cash left to pay a pro to redo everything or to replace all of the doors and trim in my home. I used the bombay stain on floors and steps it was so lovely we wanted to stain kitchen cabinets. Step 2. I used a satin poly after the Polyshades was dry. I then brushed on a thin coat of PolyShades®. La finition PolyShades ® permet de réduire le temps consacré à la finition par rapport à l’application d’une teinture d’une part, puis l’application d’une protection d’autre part. Originally, it had to be brushed on, but different formulations mean it can now be applied as a spray or by wiping it on with a rag. Don't forget to pick out a high-quaity, natural bristle brush. Even if you resand, each application is going to seal the wood more and more and eventually it will not take anymore stain unless you remove a lot of wood. I used Polyshades in anitique walnut to add bit of a red hue. I've changed over entire staircases for customers and all were delighted with the amazing results. A flooring professional worth his/her salt will work with anything BUT NOT Minwax. That gave me more darkening quicker, but again, I find the brush just harder for me to get control. Between a minute and two minutes (NO MORE, or it’ll blotch) wipe hard. WOW, I am really getting some mixed opinions here (have it posted on Woodworking as well). Minwax polyshades - I didn't know... Good afternoon r/woodworking. You can even dip the object into stain or pour the stain onto the wood and spread it around. Whether you are installing a new hardwood floor, refinishing an old one, or just keeping your existing floor looking as good as new, Minwax® has a full range of products to make and keep your floors beautiful. Do you have any recommendations for a good brush and application techniques to ensure quality results? Don't pick up a paintbrush until you read this, Get the facts on advantages, disadvantages, costs and installation to see if a cork bathroom floor is right for you. Using a rag also eliminates the bubbles you get when you apply Polyshades with a brush. I built a Cherry Tall Clock for a MinWax Ad Ten years ago using their Natural Cherry Polyshades. 2: A quality brush (3-4") the soft bristles leave fewer brush lines. Here is a link to kitchen cabinet pictures. cabs in about an hour. The cabinets were cleaned and sanded but the foam brushed stain came out very streaky. What a mistake that was! DH won out, and I've been staining cabinets for weeks! 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