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balrog 07-08-2009 12:29 AM

Minwax Polyshades
Looking for feedback on this Minwax one step product:

Polyshades - One-Step Stain & Finishes

I have to stain a hollow core interior door a dark brown. I have stained other doors with the Minwax water based prestain conditioner, three or four coats of water based stain to get the color to be dark and even then two/three coats of watebased poly. The work area does not have a roof and I don't want to leave it out if it rains.

MichaelKellough 07-08-2009 12:52 AM

Re: Minwax Polyshades
I've used the oil based Poly Shades. I'm not sure what kind of feedback you're looking for. It works pretty well but it does what it does and will never match a different stain protocol.

The pigment is fairly well mixed into the poly if you stir well so each coat adds more pigment and the color gets deeper. Once you reach the color you want you have to switch to an un-pigmented finish (if needed) to complete the finish.

SRSemenza 07-08-2009 06:38 AM

Re: Minwax Polyshades
I have used the oil based. It works pretty good for those sorts of things that don't need a beautiful finish. It doesn't look bad in the right application. I have used as little as two coats for those get it done jobs.


RWeber 07-08-2009 04:17 PM

Re: Minwax Polyshades
Who wants to be the opinionated one?
*hand in air frantically*

Just like there are regular folk and really exceptional folk,
There's regular crap and exceptional crap.
And IMHO, there is a very special reserved slot in hell for the guy who developed Polyshades and thought it should be sold to well intending people.
Not that I'm opinionated or anything.

Poto 07-08-2009 05:17 PM

Re: Minwax Polyshades
I couldn't figure out, Randy: is Poly Shades "regular crap" or "exceptional crap"?

wnagle 07-09-2009 01:59 AM

Re: Minwax Polyshades
I've used poly shades for a quick finish on pine to prevent blotching and get a nice golden tone. Quick and simple. It gets a little darker with each coat but also starts to get a little muddy if you put too many coats. Get to the color you want and stop and if you need more protection because you get to the darkness you want in only one or two coats, then go over it with regular clear poly.

It's got it's place but I wouldn't call it top shelf.

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