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Interior Clear Protective Finishes

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is a durable, clear polyurethane that provides protection with classic, hand-rubbed beauty. Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is applied with a cloth that avoids drips and brush marks. Minwax Wipe-On Poly is the perfect oil based clear protective finish for your interior wood.

Product Details

Sheens: Gloss, Satin
Application Tool: lint-free cloth
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 2-3 hours
Dry time: 24 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner
Coverage: 125 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 2-3
Recommended Uses: furniture, cabinets, woodwork, trim, doors; small floor touch-ups (scratches)


Q. What is the benefit of using Minwax® Wipe-On Poly versus a traditional polyurethane?

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is easily applied with a cloth, without any drips or brush marks. It is the perfect choice for furniture, interior doors, trim and other woodwork.

Q. Can Minwax® Wipe-On Poly be used on floors?

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly provides a durable layer of topcoat protection but it is thinner than regular polyurethanes. It can be used on floors to touch up small areas that are worn or scratched. For new floors or floors that need to be refinished, Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors should be used.

Q. How is Minwax® Wipe-On Poly applied?

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is easily applied by hand, using a soft, lint-free cloth. Put a liberal amount on a clean cloth and rub into the wood. Since it is applied with a cloth, there is no need to worry about drips or brush marks.

Q. Can Minwax® Wipe-On Poly be applied over Minwax® Wood Finish™ or other stains?

Yes. Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is a great way to protect finished or unfinished wood. Be sure to allow wood that has been stained to dry completely before topcoating with Minwax® Wipe-On Poly.

Q. Should Minwax® Wipe-On Poly be sanded between coats?

Yes. A light sanding with very fine sandpaper (#220) or fine steel wool will remove any fine particles of dust that may have settled on the finish while it was wet. Allow Minwax® Wipe-On Poly to dry 2-3 hours before applying the next coat. If a third coat is desired, repeat the same procedure.


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 Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

  1. Surface must be dry and free of old finishes in poor condition, wax, grease, polish, dirt or other foreign matter.
  2. Sand to obtain a smooth, uniform surface. Remove all dust with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits.
  3. If desired, apply stain, such as Minwax® Wood Finish™, following the label directions for application instructions and dry times.
  4. Shake Wipe-On Poly container thoroughly before use.
  5. Put a liberal amount of Wipe-On Poly on a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and rub into the wood.
  6. Allow to dry at least 2-3 hours. Sand entire surface lightly with very fine sandpaper (220 grit) or fine steel wool. Remove all sanding dust.
  7. Apply a second coat in the same manner as the first. If a third coat is desired, repeat Step 6 before application.
  8. Allow final coat to dry 24 hours before normal use.

Cleanup:For easy cleanup, use mineral spirits or paint thinner.

Coverage:Approximately 125 sq. ft. per quart.

Floors:Wipe-On Poly may be used to touch up small scratches on floors. Apply carefully as gloss level may not be identical to the existing floor finish.

Note: Wipe-On Poly is not recommended for general use on floors. To protect floors, use Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors or Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.