|Review by JustJoe||posted 08-08-2013 09:56 PM||4284 views||0 times favorited||37 comments|
We need a “0 Stars” selection. Better yet, negative stars. Minwax Polyshades would be a -27 stars.
This little can of cr@p ruined a chest I was refinishing. Well I did, the minwax was just the weapon of choice. I should have known that the proper finish for a vintage machinist chest is NOT found in Wally World between the light-bulbs and the duct tape. But no, I was too lazy to drive over to Lowes even though IT WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE #@$##$^ PARKING LOT.
So I bought this can of Minwax Classic Oak Satin Stain and Polyurethane. I put it on the chest. I watched the beautifully cleaned wood (four days work) shudder, take its last breath and turn a putrid vomity brown. (Is that what classic oak is? Then what is that picture on the can for?) But the real insult is that I can’t even begin to start sanding this junk off because it won’t dry.
We are now at hour #74. That’s three days and two hours for the number-challenged in the bunch.
3+ days and this hideous mess is still just a sticky goo. It’s a miniature Brea tar pit. The only reason the chest isn’t covered in a matted carpet of dust-bunnies and dead bugs is because the color was so ugly I put a large cardboard box over it right after I applied the stain. It just wont’ dry.
So please, if you’re building that special little project, or restoring something vintage and you find yourself in Walmart somewhere between the light bulbs and the duct tape just stop and tell yourself “Self, don’t do it.” Drop the minwax polyshades and back away slowly. If you insist on applyiing trash to finish a treasure, then save the $4.97 and just buy a can of lemon marmalade. Smear it on as thin as you can get it and put it aside someplace dust-free to dry for 3 days. You’ll get the same result and save a bit of money in the process.
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