Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF POLYSHADES?
PolyShades combines stain for rich, beautiful color 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 color 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 color, 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.