Sherwin Williams finishes quality??

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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 152 days ago 674 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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152 days ago

Who uses finishes (other than paint) from Sherwin Williams and how good is it compared to others? I know a few people that work for Sherwin Williams and the employee discount is substantial. Most of my stuff is usually finished with something from Watco, Old Masters or Minwax. I could save a little if switching to Sherwin for some stuff, but I am unsure of the quality, any advise?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 152 days ago

Most of their stuff I’ve used (coupe of stains, NC lacquer, and Fast Dry Oil Varnish) has been excellent. That varnish is one of my favorites being an alkyd resin formula (not many of those left).

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#2 posted 152 days ago

If you have access to the more commercial type finishes they are very good. I have experience with their BAC wiping stains, precat lacquer and water white conversion varnish and all of those products work well and look good.

-- See my work at and

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#3 posted 152 days ago

I’m not a pro finisher. I’ve recently used their Vinyl sealer and CAB acrylic lacquer. I think they work well. The fumes will knock you out without a mask though.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 152 days ago

I’ve always had good experiences with SW products.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 152 days ago

A few of my friends have used SW products, and that’s all they will buy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 152 days ago

I used a water based satin poly on plywood walls in my cabin, and the product was great. Use a respirator though.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 152 days ago

In my experience the SW products are great and the service is outstanding. Any time I need a custom stain color I go to SW and they normally get it spot on.

-- PaulMayer,

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#8 posted 152 days ago

Not because I work there buuttttt, because I use them they are very good products, and most stores know what they are talking about , if you need some advice on different products send me a PM, I have worked with them for years 8)

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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Lee Barker

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#9 posted 152 days ago

Echo the quality words.

I particularly like the clear oil based stain (oxymoron alert) under WB poly.

Typically we see a really good spring sale March or April—can you help us on that sgv?. 30% off most stuff I tend to stock up.

A minor, kinda weird example of SW quality: Their disposable foam roller covers are spiral rolled. The cheapo ones elsewhere often have a ridged seam lengthwise.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 151 days ago

I sprayed a new kitchen with SW Kem-Aqua water based lacquer and had great results. A little pricey but worth it.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#11 posted 151 days ago

In our furniture and molding plants we used quite a lot of finishing material made by Sherwin Williams over the years and they turned out to be a very reliable supplier.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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