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AngieO

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639 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: finishing staining question

Ok… went shopping today at Harbor Freight. LOL… now I know why people try not to ever tell anyone to go there. I saw a couple of things that made me wonder but overall I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without.

BUT… usually I hit the craft stores and I opted out of Hobby Lobby. My mom made me go to Michael’s instead of the pawn shop (looking for tools lol). As we were leaving I saw a display of Minwax products. This is what I ended up getting.

At my Lowe’s the 8oz cans of Minwax Wood Finish is 4.77. I got them for 1.99 each on clearance. The spray cans are 7.87 and I got them 3.19. I don’t know how much the wood conditioner is at Lowes but I got it for 1.99 as well. And I got the can of Polyacrylic for 1.79. I got it all for 29.19.
The little cans were all marked 1.79 a piece and the spray cans were marked 4.99. When I got home I realized they charged 1.99 for the little ones and 3.19 for the big ones. It works out in my favor so I’m not complaining…

So my question… Some of the cans are different. Some say “Wood Finish” and the others say “Wood Stain”. What’s the differences? And… What am I gonna use the Polyacrylic for? And… what do you guys think about the spray cans?

I just got one of each color they had because they were cheap and I wanted to try different colors to see what I liked most.

Thanks for all your help. I’m still learning this stuff. Now I need to go get out there and make something on my new workbench I made yesterday. And try out the colors that I just bought. I’m still on a high about how well the workbench turned out… and even more excited that it’s #4 right now.


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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 639 days ago

I prefer the “Wood Finish” over the “Wood Stain”. The wood stains are water based and easier to clean.. that doesn’t really matter to me (I apply finish with a rag rather than a brush so it’s all disposable to me) and I think it just gives a smoother colour in a tone I like. Maybe it’s just me, but the water based ones always come out a bit browner.. and I like my wood stains red. Just personal preference.

I’ve used the spray and had decent luck with it. You still have to wipe it in and down but if you are doing a large surface, or an irregular surface BOY is it handy!! I do carvings and sometimes stain them and that makes life a lot easier.

Try the polyacrylic! Omg! You’ll love it! You need to apply several coats and I generally sand between every three or four. I like to do about 10 coats. It will give you a rock solid shiny surface that can withstand near anything. AND, it doesn’t yellow the wood even a little bit. This is a perfect finish to use on really pale woods, especially if you have contrast and you want to keep it as bright as possible. Also works good on purpleheart, in my experience. Most other finishes make it browner.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Alexandre

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#2 posted 639 days ago

I have the wax.
I’m using it and dum dum dum. Expect a update on my project soon.

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AngieO

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#3 posted 639 days ago

Thanks for the info Lis

Alexandre… hope to see your project soon.

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 639 days ago

Myself I don’t like either but for the price you got them at Angie you can’t go wrong, I try to keep my woods in their natural color and just go for the pop wow factor, I’ve been using tung oil and Lacquer seems to be working for me.

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Sawkerf

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#5 posted 639 days ago

A stain is what puts the color on a piece of wood. They come in many forms (water based, oil based, penetrating, wipe on, etc, etc). All behave somewhat differently, but only provide a color.

Finish is applied to protect the stain. Finishes can include oil based, water based, lacquer, shellac, etc. In addition to protecting the stain, they can add “shine” ranging from high gloss down to eggshell. Water based finishes usually dry clear without changing the overall color of the stained wood. Other finishes can add a slight tint (often yellow).

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cutworm

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#6 posted 639 days ago

There is a lot of good information on the minwax website. Great prices you got too.

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NormG

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#7 posted 639 days ago

Sawkerk is correct, ciuld not have said it any plainer. Good with the work bench projects, post them as you can

-- Norman

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 639 days ago

MinWAX Red Mahogany stain Rocks ! Benn using it for years. I is found in any Walmart, so you can get it 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It goes on easy and repeats. So far it has given me the old worn mission finish I strive for.

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redryder

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#9 posted 639 days ago

Ya know AngieO, I find it really hard to believe what you are telling us…

went shopping today at Harbor Freight. overall I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without.

Are you sure….....................

-- mike...............

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AngieO

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#10 posted 639 days ago

redryder – LOL! Well… I did buy some casters for my workbench. I’m taking the Lowe’s ones back. But that was all I got THERE. LOL…. I didn’t say anything about the other stuff I found elsewhere :)

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tyskkvinna

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#11 posted 639 days ago

The thing is that the coloured minwax finish still really requires a finish.. it’s just as porous when you are done as when you started.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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crank49

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#12 posted 638 days ago

You stole that Polycrylic at $1.99.
I completely agree with Lis, it’s a great product.
Just don’t shake it, it’ll get all foamy.

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 638 days ago

Angie, experiment with some other types of finishes as well. I am not a big fan of stains. If I want something dark, I will use dark wood. However my wife is and she is the boss, so almost everything I make for the house gets stained. You will find finishes like Danish Oil, and other natural oils are so much easier to apply and work with.

As the others have mentioned, what you have there will add color to your wood. It will still be as if it were bare though. You need to protect it and seal it somehow. There are many options, Just make sure what you chose is compatible with your stain

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AngieO

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#14 posted 638 days ago

Actually the Polyacrylic and the wood conditioner were the things that I was going to get multiples of. There was only one polyacrylic and two conditioners.

My son took a shop class in school and made a pretty impressive table. I’m pretty pleased with it. I actually bought the first thing of minwax stain (I used on my box and frames) to match the table he made because I intend to make one for a nightstand and I want them to match. He said they put polyurethane over that to seal it. So I have some of that.

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 638 days ago

In the terminology Minwax uses, the yellow cans marked “wood finish” are oil based stains. The white cans marked “wood stain” are water based stains. I prefer the oil-based myself. The water-based stains, as Lis said, are easy to clean up, but they tend to raise the grain.

The polycrylic is a water-based clear finish. It gives a more colorless finish than oil-based clear finishes, which tend to be a bit yellowish in color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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