I've been using polyacrylic for so long now. It gives a smooth coat and is easy to apply. My favorite is the satin finish but I think I'll try the high gloss next time. I use this stuff on all of my crafting projects. I just love it! And it dries fast too. I'll try to show the satin finish on a couple of projects, I hope it shows up well.
About This Item
- Dries crystal clear so as to not change the color of the surface it is applied to
- Water-based formula allows for easy soap and water clean up
- Ultra fast-drying formula allows for quick recoats in 2 hours
- Resists damage from abrasion, scuffing, chipping, water, alcohol and other common household chemicals
proposition 65 reasons:N/A
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. www.p65warnings.ca.gov
Fast Drying, Interior, Dries Clear
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4.75 x 4.75 x 5.00 Inches
Just as good as the expensive brands!
I researched a lot of the woodworking store brands. They were very labor intensive, many steps, and almost operating room conditions needed. I have always used Minwax products only projects in the past but thought I'd give the expensive products a try since reading about them in the trade mags. Made up samples, (4), and asked my wife to pick the finish she wanted on her walnut table and benches. . . Guess what, she picked the Minwax finish over all the others! I even mis-tabled them to add to the drama ! ! ! She still picked the Minwax finish. . . and I'd have to agree with her. Easy to apply, used a painting pad and couldn't ask for a better result.
Easy and quick
I was nervous to try this product out but was pleasantly surprised! It went on easily and dries quickly. I was surprised that there is hardly an odor with this product too. I chalk painted my entertainment center and after a few paint chipping, decided I needed a protective coating over it if I didn't want to repaint every 2 years. A blogger recommended this product and I couldn't have agreed with her more. I chose the satin gloss to give it a pretty shine and it made the color pop more. I'm incredibly happy with the end results.
I built a kitchen table out of birch and when the kids saw it, I ended up making three more out of eastern red cedar (juniper). I really like the clear finish that didn't amber the natural color. (However, eastern red cedar changes from purple to brown when finished.) One thing I learned was that I needed to apply thick coats that looked milky to reduce brush streaks. Contrary to your recommendation, instead of using a synthetic bristle brush I ended up using a high dollar natural bristle brush. The cedar is bad about having lots of tiny holes and imperfections from its many limbs. I would have liked for the polycrylic to flow more than what it did to help fill the imperfections. It was indoors during winter time and the woodstove no doubt lowered the humidity greatly, which may have accentuated the problem. However, the lack of odor made the projects possible. Couldn't have done it outside in the shop with rain, snow and fog. I'll use polycrylic on my next projects.
New cherry paneling looks AWESOME with Polycrylic!
I am currently installing cherry picture frame paneling in our former dining room, which we've converted into a billiards room (who REALLY ever uses their dining room anymore anyway?).
I just finished 12 4x8 1/4" cherry plywood panels with 2 coats of Polycrylic over a coat of Minwax water-based sanding sealer, and the results are simply incredible. The Polycrylic has been a joy to apply, brushed out very nicely to a completely even finish, and left NO brush marks at all. It dried very quickly, and I was able to apply the next coat in a couple of hours. A quick sand with 220 is all that's needed before the next coat.
In the past, I've always used 2 coats of dewaxed shellac, then two coats of nitrocellulose brushing lacquer - but I am now a believer in the Minwax water-based products. Shellac and lacquer are much more difficult to apply, and they produce no better results than Polycrylic. In fact, I think I actually like the look of the Polycrylic on cherry better than lacquer - and it produces NO FUMES AT ALL (lacquer fumes will literally knock you out). It doesn't even need to be rubbed out like I have always done with the lacquer.
For my future cherry projects - or any projects - Minwax Polycrylic will be my go-to finish! I'm very impressed and quite pleased with the results.
Pictures are of the finished panels glued on the walls. The “picture frame” trim will be next. It will be 5/4” solid cherry. Can't wait to see how it finishes with the Polycrylic!
Not so scary, great result
I had a carpenter make a rolling "wine bar" that was paint grade, but being amazing, he used a top quality basswood plywood with maple trim. Once I saw it I decided I didn't want to cover it up, just protect the wood. He recommended a water based product, as did Home Depot (way easier to use, to clean up, and the fumes are much less). I bought this in Clear Satin. I used the technique and patience of a deranged raccoon. I had watched a YouTube video of a women discussing how careful you need to be, to only stir slowly and not shake the can, to only go one way and in the direction of the grain, be wary of brush strokes and bubbles, etc. Nope. Tom Sawyer would have laughed at my application process. It's thick and sticky on wood so I spread in cross-hatch, then went back and smoothed it out with the grain. I sorta sanded lightly between 1st and 2nd coats. I did use a microfiber rag to dust before each application. I think it turned out beautifully. If you are afraid to try, go with Satin as it does dry clear (but goes on milky).
Didn't dry right...Sticky finish
I used this on some night tables and one of them, has a sticky finish. If water sits on it, the finish becomes sticky. I didn't add any stain, just natural finish on mahogany. The other night table is fine. I don't know if I did not allow the table to dry properly, since it was 2 years ago. But I had to go back and sand down that night table and I am waiting now to reapply this Polycrylic. I love the finished results its just this has happened twice using this product. Any advise would be helpful.
I used the water based set of products...stain, sealer and satin polycrylic finish. I followed all instructions precisely. The top coats will not level. On a tabletop with sections of about five square feet, the finish dried before I could brush from edge to edge leaving brush strokes and flashing. Trying to tip-up just made it worse. After deep sanding, sealing, staining, and three top coats, the tabletop looks worse than when I started. It is not possible to apply this finish per instructions and get an acceptable result. Do not use this product on unpainted fine wood finishes.
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