Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SELECT A SHEEN?
The sheen choice is a personal preference. Satin sheens reflect less light and gloss sheens reflect more light.
IS ONE SHEEN MORE DURABLE THAN THE OTHERS?
No. The additives that distinguish satin from semi-gloss and gloss do not compromise the durability of the finish.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO AVOID BUBBLES IN THE FINISH?
There are four ways. First, stir, don't shake, the can. Second, use a high-quality, natural bristle brush. Third, work the finish into the wood, but don't create excess foam. Fourth, "tip-off" the finish before stopping, carefully running the brush at a 45-degree angle the length of each board in one unbroken movement. This will burst and smooth out any bubbles that may have been created.
SHOULD MINWAX FAST-DRYING POLYURETHANE BE SANDED BETWEEN COATS?
Yes. A light sanding (#220 sandpaper) will remove any fine particles of dust that have settled on the finish while it was still wet. Light sanding also helps abrade the surface, improving inter-coat adhesion.
WHY DOES MINWAX FAST-DRYING POLYURETHANE SOMETIMES TAKE LONGER TO DRY THAN THE INSTRUCTIONS INDICATE?
The drying time is affected by the amount of moisture in the air, the air temperature and the thickness of the coats. When humidity is high, the temperature is low, or coats are thick, it takes longer for the film to dry.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE HOW MANY COATS OF MINWAX FAST-DRYING POLYURETHANE TO APPLY?
If you look closely at the wood in bright, direct light, you should not be able to detect any dry spots. If you do, an additional coat is necessary to protect the wood.
DOES MINWAX FAST-DRYING POLYURETHANE NEED TO BE WAXED?
No. Wax does provide an extra layer of protection, but it will prevent you from applying an additional coat of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in the future without first removing the wax. Instead, we recommend using Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner to keep the wood clean and looking beautiful.