Customer reviews & ratings
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.
I use this stuff on everything
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
Best Finish Ever
I like this product so much because it doesn't "amber" the wood like polyurethane does. Have used it on three dining tables I've built and my customers could be happier.
Super ultra fast dry
The dry time for this product is amazing. Provides a beautiful clear coat. Photo is a Birch butcher block with Minwax Colonial Maple stain and Minwax satin finish Polycrylic.
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 painted my sons nightstand in white to match the other furniture. I used Minwax polycrylic in Matte finish as a protectant and ruined the nightstand as it turned yellowish. I am very unhappy as the amount of time I spent to sand, paint and the polycrylic ruined it.
Won't use this again.
I used it on my dyed guitar body. After 24 hours of dry time. The spray has no direction. It just sprays everywhere. One of those nozzles that let you adjust the spray would be nice. To make matters worse it orange peeled badly. I slowly moved the can back and forth but if I went to slow it ran, too fast it orange peeled. The stuff is terrible. Now I have a guitar with 3 coats of clear orange peel. It's so bad if I try to sand it it went to the wood and that was with 2000 grit. Never again. I'll stick with General Finishes instead.
Gets sticky and deteriorates through use
Gets sticky and deteriorates through use even after it has dried. Not good for work desks or chairs for reasons I assume is that the polycrylic does not tolerate regular contact with body temperature or the oil from your skin. Over about 4 months after sealing my desktop with minwax polycrylic, the edge of the desk where I rest my arms began to peel off and get sticky. Everywhere else was fine.
Only use this for bookshelves or things you don't intend to use.
Table top painted with 3 coats of chalk paint. Dried for days.
1st coat of polycrylic I used a foam brush, super light finish. Waited 14 hours. Sanded.
2nd coat used a small roller and it looked like there were some polycrylic bubbles so I let it dry, knowing I was going to sand. Waited 2 hours (can says you can ré-coat every two hours).
Sanded. Lots of little white dots came up from sanding. Weird.
3rd coat, thicker amount of polycrylic. MAJOR PAINT bubbles. What on earth?
Was able to press a few out but then they popped right back up again.
Waiting to see what happens in 2 hours but not impressed right now. Super worried this is going to ruin the whole project.
Dries very fast
Out here in the arid, low humidity West, this product dries way too fast, making it difficult to make a smooth, brush stroke free surface before it gets too tacky. Unfortunately, I will have to go back to traditional Minwax oil based polyurethane.
Great for small projects
I used this product in Satin Finish on a new cherry table. As a sealer it is good. The final finish coats however are not high quality. I am an experienced furniture finisher. Lacquer, french polish, spar varnishes, brushing and spraying.
Polycrylic spray cans seem to have some inconsistency of product
possibly due to shelf time. They (I used 5 from 2 different sources) sometimes spit globs which sometimes level out; and tiny solid particles. Followed instructions as to shaking and kept a moist cloth to try to wipe off nozzle periodically when I had globs on the first try for a nice finish coat. No Luck. It seems that if you try long passes on large areas the cans splatter. I have used the Helmsman Urethane with great results. The nozzle is of much higher quality.
Not Only A Great Product...
I do high-end paper mache sculptures, with acrylic paints. The Polycrylic adds a perfect gloss to them, and makes them hard as a rock.
No surprise there. It's a fantastic product, already worthy of five stars.
Minwax upped their game, though, when using PLASTIC CANS!!! The lid comes off easily, NEVER sticks hard, and when the gunk builds up, you can just peel it off. Then the lid goes on tightly and securely.
If there was a way to give six stars, I would.
Polycrylic Protective Fininsh
I have used Polycrylic Protective Finish for a variety of applications: handrails, steps, cabinets, and stairways. The best application is two coats to give a richer finish. The beauty of the Polycrylic is that it has very little release, so you can use it indoors without active ventilation. It is also easy to clean brushes between applications, as it is water soluble while still wet. But, when it dries, it produces a tough lustrous finish.
Redid my old (26 year old) pine cabinets. Used a famous chalk paint product for the color. Was advised from a friend that to put a final finish on then instead of the wax finish as suggested from paint company. I used Minwax polycrylic on them. Besides producing a beautiful finish, these cabinets seem sturdier. Easy cleanup and also easy to maintain. I brush coated each door on both sides...everyone loves my new kitchen and their considering doing the same as they contemplate cost of new cabinets verses redo their own!
Trouble spraying smooth finish.
While I like the clarity and hardness of this product, spray application is not as easy as Minwax polyurethane or lacquer. The polycrylic does not level very well -particularly if you have an older spray can. Even with a new can, have to spray heavier coats to get a smooth finish. Horizontal surfaces come out okay, but on vertical surfaces it will run and sag. I also had to refinish a coffee table top (26" x 46"), and wanted to use up an older spray can. It came out all lumpy, even though I added a whole new spray can over it (while still wet) to try to smooth it out. I was particularly careful to shake it thoroughly and keep the nozzles clear and clean, but product age is apparently a real problem.
Aerosol Can Polycrylic Application Issue
I have used Polycrylic frequently from the quart with great results. I can't say enough about the lid sealing feature as well. It is easy to snap closed and is easy to clean our the grooves as the polycrylic doesn't stick to the plastic rim or lid. GREAT FEATURE.
Now to a criticism of the Aerosol version. I used it for the first time this evening and was disappointed in the spray. I shook the can for over 2 minutes and sprayed three marble solitaire boards that I had made for a craft fair. What I disliked was that as I was spraying, I started getting globs spitting out. It didn't hurt my finishing as I was able to use a small foam brush to brush and smooth these out. On my second coat it wasn't quite as bad but still occurred. I then may have figured it out on the third coat. If I stopped after about 3 to 4 seconds and shook the can 10 times or so and then kept doing so every 3 to 4 seconds, I didn't get the globs
I used to paint cars in high school working for my father and as I worked my way through college so I know how to spray with a spray gun but these aerosols I'm somewhat disappointed.