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Makes and Keeps Wood Beautiful™

Minwax™
PolyShades™

Minwax® PolyShades®

Overview

Minwax™ PolyShades™ enhances wood grain by combining beautiful rich stain colour and long-lasting polyurethane protection in one easy step.

It can also be used over polyurethane finishes, so you can change the colour of your finished wood, without removing the existing finish.

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: 14m2 per 946ml
Coats: 2 coats are recommended. To deepen the colour, apply a third coat.
Recommended Uses: Furniture, woodwork, doors, cabinets, accessories
Interior: Stains

Directions

Surface Preparation:

NOT FOR USE ON FLOORS

For Stripped, Unstained or Raw Wood:

  1. Before starting, surface must be dry, clean and free of dirt, grease and glue.
  2. Sand the wood in the direction of the grain using fine-grade sandpaper (#220) until smooth.
  3. Remove all sanding dust.
  4. To help ensure uniform acceptance of stain colour and beautiful results, pretreat new or raw wood with oil-based Minwax™ Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, following label directions.

For Previously Stained Wood That Is Not Being Stripped:

  1. Before starting, surface must be dry, clean and free of dirt, grease and glue.
  2. Lightly sand the wood to ensure adhesion. Remove all sanding dust.

Product Preparation and Colour Testing:

  1. Stir Minwax™ PolyShades™ thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Do not thin.
  2. Always test stain on a scrap piece or hidden area of wood to verify desired colour.

Application:

  1. Using a natural bristle brush, dip approximately an inch into the can, gently tapping it against the inside to remove any excess. Apply a very THIN, even coat following the direction of the grain. Make sure to maintain a "wet" edge.
  2. To minimize the brush marks and bubbles after staining, tip off the surface by holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and lightly run the bristles over the entire length of the wood.
  3. Let the first coat dry for 6 hours or more. Dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, and inadequate ventilation or if the coat is applied too thick.
  4. Rub the surface lightly with fine steel wool (grade 000 or finer). Remove all dust. Brush on a second thin coat following directions above. To deepen the colour, apply a third coat.

NOTE: For additional protection, without adding colour, add a coat of Minwax™ Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax™ Wipe-On Poly. Please refer to the back label of the container for application instructions.

COVERAGE: Approximately 14m2 per 946ml.

CLEANUP: Use mineral spirits following manufacturer's safety recommendations.

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.

AMERICAN CHESTNUT
AMERICAN CHESTNUT
ANTIQUE WALNUT
ANTIQUE WALNUT
BOMBAY MAHOGANY
BOMBAY MAHOGANY
CLASSIC BLACK
CLASSIC BLACK
CLASSIC OAK
CLASSIC OAK
HONEY PINE
HONEY PINE
MISSION OAK
MISSION OAK
NATURAL CHERRY
NATURAL CHERRY
OLDE MAPLE
OLDE MAPLE
PECAN
PECAN
ROYAL WALNUT
ROYAL WALNUT
TUDOR
TUDOR

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage of PolyShades™?

PolyShades™ combines stain for rich 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.

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, Minwax™ Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner should be applied to ensure even stain penetration.

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 then ready to be coated with PolyShades™.

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™.

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.

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