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Express Clear™

Minwax® Express Clear™


Minwax™ Express Clear™ provides protection and a beautiful sheen in just one hour.

  • Can be used as a companion product to Minwax™ Express Color, or over other Minwax™ stains, or over bare wood.
  • Comes in a handy 177ml tube.
  • Easily applied with a cloth.
  • Crystal clear finish is great for furniture, trim, molding and crafts.

Product Details

Sheens: High Gloss, Low Gloss
Application Tool: Soft cloth
Location: Interior wood surfaces
Recoat: After 1 hour
Dry Time: Wait overnight before normal use
Cleanup: Soap and warm water
Coverage: Approximately 4m2 per 177ml tube
Coats: 1-2 coats. For more protection and sheen, additional coats may be applied.
Recommended Uses: Furniture, trim, molding, crafts
Interior: Clear Protection


Surface Preparation:

  • If applying to bare wood, sand the wood smooth.
  • If applying on top of Minwax™ Express Color™ or stain, do not sand at all.
  • Remove all sanding dust.


  • Shake the tube.
  • Squeeze the tube gently, pointing it toward the wood.
  • Minwax™ Express Clear™ appears milky but dries clear.
  • Apply to the wood with a clean, soft cloth, moving in the direction of the wood grain.
  • Wait one hour, and then apply a second coat.
  • A third coat can be applied, if desired.
  • Wait overnight before subjecting the wood to normal use.
  • There is no need to sand between coats, although if you want added smoothness, you can sand lightly before applying the final coat.


  • Soap and warm water


  • 4m2 per 177ml tube

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of using Minwax™ Express Clear?

Minwax™ Express Clear™ provides protection and a beautiful sheen to your wood in one hour. Wipe it on with a cloth, let it dry, and you're done. Minwax™ Express Clear cleans up with soap and water.

How do I apply Minwax™ Express Clear™?

Minwax™ Express Clear is very easy to use. Point the opening of the tube toward the wood and squeeze gently. Wipe the product onto the wood using a clean, lint-free cloth, moving in the direction of the wood grain. Let it dry for an hour and then apply a second coat. And that's it—you're done!

Can I apply a third coat of Minwax™ Express Clear™ if I want to?

Certainly, you can! Simply wait an hour after applying the second coat, and then apply a third.

Does Minwax™ Express Clear™ require sanding between coats?

Minwax™ Express Clear does not need to be sanded between coats.

Can I apply Minwax™ Express Clear™ over Minwax™ Express Color? How about over another Minwax™ stain or bare wood?

Minwax™ Express Clear™ works wonderfully over Minwax™ Express Color, adding protection and sheen. It also works well over all Minwax™ stains. And it works over bare wood!

Minwax™ Express Color has a finish in it. Why do I need Minwax™ Express Clear?

Minwax™ Express Color does have a clear finish in it already, so you're not required to use Minwax™ Express Clear™ on top of Minwax™ Express Color. However, some people like to add extra protection, and others like to add more sheen to the Minwax™ Express Color. Minwax™ Express Clear™ is perfect for those uses!

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