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#1 posted 05-17-2011 06:28 PM

I do promotional work for the MinWax company and have used their new product called Express Color on some pieces for them (MinWax) and some for myself. A quick word of caution about the tube. When you first go to squeeze the tube to get the product out it can come out with a lot of force. It’s almost like it’s under pressure. I squeeze it into a small container to work out of and stir it in that container first before applying it to the project. It has a lot of body to it so depending on the look you’re trying to achieve will depend on how you deal with applying it. Generally I brush it on and quickly wipe in down with a rag or a paper towel. That will allow the grain to show through depending on the wood you’ve chosen. If you paint it on and just level it to create an even application it will give you more of an opaque appearance. I’ve done multiple colors on projects by taping off sections and do one color at a time. Since it’s pretty thick it doesn’t tend to bleed under the tape like a penetrating stain would but you still need to burnish the tape to the wood to get a good seal. It’s a wiping stain and finish. If you project will see a significant about of wear or use It probably would make since to top coat it with a product like MinWax Polycrylic. If I’m doing a multiple color project I’ll more than likely apply the top coat before removing the tape so that the next color doesn’t infringe on the previous color.I would suggest that it only be used on small to medium sized projects. I certainly would use it again on the right project. It dries quite quickly. A second coat can be applied if more color or a darker appearance is desired.

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