|Review by T. D. Reid||posted 03-16-2012 12:52 AM||8097 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I just finished a twin size bed out of quarter-saw white oak in the Arts and Crafts style. During the planing stage I had noticed that I was low on my usual finish supplies and needed to order more before I started. Before doing so I stopped by my favorite big box store and checked out what was on the shelves in the finishing section. Low and behold Minwax add a new color to their line of Polyshades called Mission oak in Satin or Gloss, so I gave it a shot. Here is the review;
Pro’s – it was priced well, at under $10 for a quart. It covered well even on raw wood only requiring two coats. The first coat had a green tint to it and Minwax recommends that is sets for six hours before applying the second coat. The second coat was dark as displayed in the store and it dried very fast (temperature was 76 degrees with low humidity). I followed the manufactures recommendation and stopped using it when I had achieved the color that I wanted. I then added only one coat of wipe on poly (also by Minwax) finishing it off with 00 steel wool and Black Bison wax.
This was my first time using polyurethane and stain combination and I should have practiced with it on a test piece to see how it would react. It’s key to take your time and follow the instructions on how to use the product because when I started using very little amounts on the brush as Minwax suggests the better it did.
In defense of Minwax I used this product on a wood that wasn’t displayed in the store sample. If I had used a flat sawn oak then maybe it would have turned more like the display sample. Something to consider before using this is that it is a combination of stain and finish and if you’re not used to this then it may feel like you don’t have control.
For me I will be going back to my tried and true finishing technique. Marc Spagnuolo aka Wood Whisper say’s in his book Finishing it ain’t over till it’s over, “find something that works for you and stick with it”. Marc I should have listened to you.
-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd