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One-Step Stain & Finishes

Minwax® PolyShades®

Minwax® PolyShades®

Minwax® PolyShades® combines beautiful oil based wood stain and polyurethane in one simple step. Minwax® PolyShades® provides rich wood colour and long lasting protection while enhancing the wood grain. PolyShades® will reduce finishing time compared with staining with one product and protecting with another.

To learn how PolyShades® can help you easily change the colour of your stained or polyurethane finished wood, view the PolyShades® Colour Transformation Guide.




Product Details

Sheens: Satin and Gloss
Application Tool: high-quality natural bristle brush
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 6 hours
Dry time: 6 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits
Coverage: 120-150 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: Normally 2. Additional coats may be applied for richer colour.
Recommended Uses: furniture, woodwork, doors, cabinets, accessories

FAQ

Q. What is the advantage of PolyShades®?

PolyShades® combines stain for beautiful colour with polyurethane for tough protection in one product. It is an ideal choice for those who want to save the time involved in staining with one product and protecting with another.

Q. Should Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner be used as a pretreatment prior to PolyShades®?

Yes, if the wood being stained is soft or porous. Soft or porous woods, such as pine or aspen, tend to absorb stain unevenly. Before using PolyShades® on soft or porous woods, Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner should be applied to ensure even stain penetration.

Q. Can PolyShades® be applied over an existing finish?

Yes, as long as the previous finish is not lacquer or shellac. Be sure to test the selected colour on a hidden spot to see how it will look over the original finish. To prepare the surface, make sure that the finish is clean and has had all wax and polish removed. Then lightly sand with #180 or #220 sandpaper. The surface is now ready to be coated with PolyShades®.

Q. Can Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Wipe-On Poly be applied over PolyShades®?

Yes. Since PolyShades® contains polyurethane, additional protection, without added colour, can be provided with a clear coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Wipe-On Poly over the last coat of PolyShades®.

Q. Can PolyShades® be used on floors?

PolyShades® is not recommended for use on floors. Instead, stain with Minwax® Wood Finish™ and topcoat with Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors or Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

Directions

WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Centre at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

SURFACE PREPARATION:

  • Sand raw wood smooth. Sand old finishes lightly to aid adhesion. Remove all sanding dust.
  • Surface must be dry and free from wax, grease, and dust. Do not use over paint, lacquer, shellac, polishes or products containing stearates.
  • Pre-treat raw soft or porous woods, such as pine and alder, with Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This will help the wood absorb the stain colour more evenly. Apply stain within two hours of pre-treatment.

STAIN APPLICATION:

  • Stir well before and occasionally during use.
  • Test stain on a hidden area to verify desired colour.
  • Two coats are recommended for maximum beauty and protection.
  • Brush on a THIN, EVEN COAT in the direction of the grain. Be sure to maintain a wet edge.
  • Let dry 6 hours or more, then rub surface with fine steel wool (grade 000 and finer). Remove all dust.
  • Brush on a second THIN coat.
  • You may apply more than two coats if you want to deepen the colour.

COVERAGE: Approximately 120-150 square feet per quart.

CLEANUP: Use mineral spirits or paint thinner.

Colours

The colours shown are for reference purposes only. They have been reproduced using digital production techniques. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired colour.

To learn how PolyShades® can help you easily change the colour of your stained or polyurethane finished wood, view the PolyShades® Colour Transformation Guide.

American Chestnut
American Chestnut
Mission Oak
Mission Oak
Classic Black
Classic Black
Honey Pine
Honey Pine
pecan
Pecan
Antique Walnut
Antique Walnut
Classic Oak
Classic Oak
Old Maple
Old Maple
Royal Walnut
Royal Walnut
Natural Cherry
Natural Cherry
Bombay Mahogany
Bombay Mahogany
tudor
Tudor
Espresso
Espresso