Anyone Here Used Sherwin-Williams Wood Classics Waterborne Poly?

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Forum topic by gerrym526 posted 12-06-2016 11:40 PM 1358 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2016 11:40 PM

I’m getting ready to install Tamarack trim in our new house and trying to make a decision on the poly finish. Have used Minwax Polycrylic for years on cabinet and furniture pieces I’ve built, but have had trim carpenters recommending Sherwin Williams product as a better quality finish (i.e. more solids).

In my research one big difference so far is that Minwax recommends a triple coat on everything with sanding in between coats, while Sherwin Williams recommends only 2 coats (unless you are doing a hardwood floor).

Anyone have experience with the Sherwin Williams product? What did you think-was it worth the higher price?

Thanks in advance for your help.


-- Gerry

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#1 posted 12-07-2016 04:40 AM

Well, Gerry, it’s not the same thing exactly, but my experience with Sherwin Williams products is that they are superior to what I buy at the big box stores. Here, I’m referring to latex paint. It took fewer coats and covered better than anything else I tried.

Does that quality extend to poly? I guess I’d suggest coating some sample pieces and see what your results are.

Please let us know what you find.

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#2 posted 12-07-2016 05:20 AM

I have used several gallons of that finish, including using it on a floor, and I like it a lot. It is easy to spray and brush, and is very durable. I have a table that is by the front door of my house that is where keys and other items get tossed frequently, that has that S-W finish, and after five years it still isn’t scratched.

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#3 posted 12-07-2016 07:08 AM

I’ve used a lot of that Sherwin Williams product and have been very pleased with it…. You might want to also look at General Finishes – Enduro Clear Poly or General Finishes – High Performance. I use a lot of both of the General Finishes and reply like how easy the spray and level out as well as their durability. Plus they can be applied by hand too.

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#4 posted 12-07-2016 07:39 AM

The price per gallon on that is amazing.

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