|Review by John||posted 02-19-2012 10:32 PM||5304 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
(sorry for the sideways pic)
so my wife and i have an agreement in the kitchen – when i cook, she cleans, and when she cooks she cleans… same goes for painting and finishing; as a result i have been encouraged to switch to water based products for easier (for her) cleanup.
hey, it’s a sweet deal, so i’ll give it a shot.
for my daughter’s nightstand, she insisted on black (yuck); i didn’t want to paint it, i wanted an opaque or near-opaque stain – so i tooled over to Lowes (pun intended) to see what i could find.
i was really close to buying a can of water based black stain when i saw this tube.
since i really am not a fan of using a brush – my favorite finishes are hand rubbed – i wanted to give this a shot
using a 4” or so square of microfiber stolen from the car washing stack, i first tried this with gloves – but i hate gloves, so i figured i’d test the soap and water cleanup aspect of this product. (my hands cleaned up nicely)
coat one was less than stellar, i had preraised the grain with water and knocked it down with 00 steel wool, but still had some grain raising and general uneven coverage – but i stuck with it. After about 2 hours dry time, hit it again with the steel wool then tack clothed the entire piece…
second coat was a dream! went on nice and smooth; so nice and smooth that while that coat’s drying i’m typing this because i had to share.
one big con that almost got this one less star is the valve on the tube – it’s a good thing in that the product won’t dry out with the cap off, but you have to squeeze pretty hard to get the stain out and it comes out fast; no fine control possible with my big mits.
another slight con is the coverage claim of 30-35 square feet – this is a little nightstand and i’m a third of the way through the tube after 2 coats
i’m surprised that i’m impressed with this product – and look forward to trying some more natural colors.
minwax website for this stain: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-express-color
-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com