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Terrible leveling, poor abrasion resistance

Terrible leveling, poor abrasion resistance

11-09-2014 02:07 AM by Scott C. | 4 comments »

I’ve waited to review this stuff as a I wanted to try it out for a while before making my mind up about it. I bought a couple of gallons to finish some kitchen drawers and had a good amount leftover which I used on a couple of furniture projects and a jewelry box. My main gripes are it’s leveling properties and abrasion resistance suck, both with spraying and foam brush. I can’t get a smooth finish with runs, drips and brush marks. It scratches really easily, after a month o...

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Brilliant!

Brilliant!

12-29-2013 11:03 PM by SchotterWoodworking | 8 comments »

My first experience spraying Minwax Polycrylic has been outstanding: thins and sprays better than oil based poly, no flammable fumes, easy to clean up and looks great. The biggest downside: sanding! The grain is raised twofold using the water based, plan on using 220 to knock down the first bristles and 400 to finish. I’m sold.

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Spar Urethane For Outdoor Use

Spar Urethane For Outdoor Use

09-22-2013 06:57 PM by Mike | 6 comments »

I’ve used the Helmsman® Spar Urethane for several outdoor protects and I wanted to share what I’ve learned about this product. First off, I must say that surface prep is everything in how this product will last over time. If you clean your surface of just, grime, and other foreign items, it should work well. I coated an outdoor bench about 5 years ago and it is now just starting to show signs that it needs to be refinished. The bench was out front of my old home on a dirt ro...

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Might as well just smear on some lemon marmalade and call it done.

Might as well just smear on some lemon marmalade and call it done.

08-08-2013 09:56 PM by JustJoe | 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 ...

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Lack of Control

Lack of Control

03-16-2012 12:52 AM by T. D. Reid | 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 p...

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second coat bliss

second coat bliss

02-19-2012 10:32 PM by John | 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 ...

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expensive but worthy!

expensive but worthy!

12-04-2011 04:41 PM by slickSqueegie | 19 comments »

durable enough for a floor and nice looking enough for furniture! Clean-up is simple! and the finish drys a lot faster than their oil based. I didnt even have to thin it out to use with my sprayer!

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Add a little color to your wood

Add a little color to your wood

03-12-2011 05:01 AM by gpastor | 1 comment »

I tried Minwax water based wood stain clear tint base for the first time and I am very happy with the resolute. The clear base stain can be tinted to your choice of about 50 colors. I picked “Deep Ocean” http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/wood-stains/water-based-wood-stain.html The water based stains dry quickly so I used a brush to apply it to a small area and wiping the excess off with a rag within 2-3 min. Minwax recommends to use a pre-stain conditioner to keep the grain from rasin...

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A good quick finish for small projects.

A good quick finish for small projects.

05-30-2010 09:52 AM by thatwoodworkingguy | 3 comments »

Ever wish you could spray a finish without the complexitys of compressors hoses and the clumsy time it takes to clean out the gun after?Ever wish you didnt have to go through the effort of the already mentioned set up just to spray something like a jewelry box or small items? Well this lacquer is for you!In a convenient spray can just shake it up and your good to go.You can even turn the tip of the nozzle to change the spray from horizontal to vertical.It sprays nice and even however it does...

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Elbow Grease

Elbow Grease

12-10-2008 07:56 PM by Blake | 14 comments »

I have used a lot of this stuff so I thought I would write a review. Its good for just about everything. I have used it at work, at home, and even in my shop. I try to keep it with me at all times in case I need it. It is especially useful for big jobs like waxing your car, installing a new roof, or chopping firewood. Its great for cleaning the entire home, and I even used it when I hung my Christmas lights last weekend. In fact there is no job, big or small, that Elbow Grease can’...

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