Worked like a charm. So instead, I used it as an opportunity to try out a product I had read a ton about but never tried myself: Minwax’s PolyShades. Will never use again for a large surface. I’d say 2ish weeks for the really strong smell to dissipate? A while back, I chatted all about this “rockin” furniture makeover (ha.ha.ha.). Yes, I think your best bet is to sand off just those areas (if they are really noticeable) and re-apply some light coats until everything matches! Have you tried PolyShades? Wipe contoured surfaces with a clean cloth, going with the grain. Either dispose of the brush or if you desire, wash the brush under cold water. Apply the first coat of polyurethane using the best technique for the surface. 4: Sand between coats with a scotch brite style pad, this removes … I will probably do 3 coats but I really love what it did for my cabinet. When big, expensive and permanent changes aren’t possible, you can still create a home you love! Tipping off occurs by simply running the brush … Worked like a charm. Do you know how long it took for the chair to stop smelling completely? The Master Bedroom, With floor space at a premium in our current master closet, my best option for storing my shoes was in. I used it as a glaze over a dark grey piece I painted. Foam brushes are inexpensive (and disposable) and work well for most flat surfaces. In retrospect I suspect I have been studiously avoiding any use of varnish or polyurethane for fear of failure. Bristle brushes, especially high-quality ones, can be cleaned and used again and again. Allow the brush to glide along the surface. I ended up applying two coats of stain and sanded with some fine steel wool in between, as it does leave a slight (very slight!) I poured some of the finish in a plastic cup, thinned it 25-30% with mineral spirits, and applied it carefully in one direction with a foam brush making … i want to go over all the interier doors in my place. grittiness on the surface due (I think!) You did it! Apply the Minwax polyurethane finish with even strokes to avoid creating foam. Thanks for sharing your experiences! Hopefully in a couple weeks I can bring it back into the house. I used it as a glaze over a dark grey piece I painted. I put the cabinet the garage. Tip-off Finish. There was an error submitting your subscription. Avoid Creating Foam. Bubbles can occur if you shake the can, so I’m very careful not to shake or … Photos and lighting are super tricky with dark wood, but I tried to get a close up of the finish on the chair all dried and cured (in the right photo, you can see the slight hazy streaks I was referring to on the lower-left of the arm of the chair). Megan. I realize this post is a few years old but I tried black polyshades today. Below, the left side of the chair has a single coat of PolyShades, and the right side has nothing yet. Each set includes a 1", 2", and 3" foam brush. Bristle brushes are better for molded edges and fine details. Is it possible to apply resin like you would nail polish or varnish with a brush? You will be SO MUCH happer with the poly you are describing. The poly shades worked well to re-do dining room chairs but when I used it for a coffee table with the large surface area, I had problems getting a smooth, even finish. It has a nice finish but I’ll never use that stain again. Now the table parts are sitting protected in the spare bedroom to dry for 30 days before moving it into the living room to use. While I really did enjoy seeing this product work, I stopped short of applying it to Henry’s “new” bed, because I just wasn’t sure I could control it enough to make it look just right! Yes, the smell is VERY strong. Allow it to dry and sand with very fine sand paper. It’s slowly getting better. The smell is strong and still lingers in my garage two days later. Don't forget to pick out a high-quaity, natural bristle brush. Today. I’m wondering if I should just get it replaced if the smell never truly goes away. Wipe on smooth thin coats, overlapping the previous stroke with each pass by about half. Overall, though, I was pretty pleased with the product. Since it is impossible to remove polyurethane from a brush using only water, finding an alternative cleaning method is a necessity for cleaning brushes. I also really needed to pay attention to what sections I had already done, as the product dries relatively quickly and it becomes difficult to determine which sections had been painted. If you over brush, you do end up with a slightly streaky look, but nothing that really bothers me. Please try again. Quick Tip: After cleaning, wrap the damp bristles in a paper towel, then secure with a rubber band. Sure, expensive bristle brushes allow you to spread the varnish out smoothly, but so does a forty nine cent foam brush. and I don’t think it’s the right look for some pieces, especially anything with small details, vertical posts, or anything you really want to see the wood grain through. And right now, I am constantly on the hunt for cheap and easy ways to create dividers for our drawers and boxes. When I describe it to friends and family, I call it a “paintable stain,” but I really do feel like it functions more like paint. Planning to use this on an wardrobe tomorrow, and wondering if it will work well on the vertical surfaces. So….it took me a while to get these thoughts into a post (sorry about that), but now I have my tips documented for both you and me (believe it or not, sometimes I forget about how I feel about certain products, so I often refer back to my own blog to refresh my memory) 🙂 To see my thoughts, tips, and tricks about other products I’ve used, you can read more here. Remove any excess stain with a lint-free cloth, wiping in … Back to the drawing board. Still, it’s a bit temperamental (oh the drips!) The colour is not consistent and settles even as you are applying it on a small surface. When I use the poly shade over gray paint, you could see all the lines. It took quite a while for the stink to go away and for me to let my son sleep in his room with the rocker. Its a miracle in a can. 3: For best results use a paint strainer (the funnel type) this removes all the unwanted junk in the mix. Then lightly sand entire surface with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. Apply a THIN coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane using a high-quality natural or foam brush. Apply epoxies, urethanes, and other thick solvent-based coatings with the short and stiff natural bristles on these brushes. Thanks for writing and I am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you! Subscribe below to get all new blog posts delivered straight to your Inbox! I didn’t really notice it outside when I was actually working on the chair. As you can see, the finish on the chair when I started was pretty bad: lots of scratches, dings and roughed up edges with a pretty wide color variation across the whole piece. I do recall have trouble with streaks and runs, so I think I tried to keep it pretty thin, wiped it down as I went and then did several light coats to make the deep color. Instead, we found a 4-inch plastic putty knife to work very well. Let dry 4-6 hours. It does eventually go away, and we’ve had great durability with the stain, so I hope it works out for your piece! This method will result in a super smooth finish with no bubbles and no brush strokes. The smell is typical of polyurethane products. The foam will obviously cause bubbles to form and create a messy, uneven result. Thanks for stopping by and sharing these insights! This holiday season, I am all about crafting in “bulk” to pull together lots of gifts really quickly. Apply the polyurethane evenly and smoothly, overlapping your brush strokes to keep a wet edge, and don’t go back over the finished work once it has begun to dry. However, it becomes very obvious once it’s all dry if you accidentally applied a second (or third) coat to a certain area and not everywhere else! Polyshades is self leveling meaning that the wet edges of brush strokes will flatten themselves out. Have you ever used a sealer for the off gassing? Spray less accessible areas with aerosol polyurethane. I should have used Annie Sloan chalk paint or benjamin moore iron clad latex. Shellac will absolutely cause a foam brush to dissolve and leave nice little black flakes in your finish. And not just for a few days either. People who love water-based finishes don’t know what they are missing. It’s been 2.5 weeks and it still smells awful. It’s the chair now featured in the corner of Henry’s new “big boy room”; and we use it for reading stories and cuddling! It’s taken me a bit of time to focus my attention back to this space, but here I am to chat about PolyShades! I love PolyShades and especially love your chair make-over. Its terrible….I ruined my tops of my nightstands and dressers. I found this mission-style rocking chair at a yard sale for $20…and its transition from woe to wow is one of my favorite furniture updates I’ve done yet! Working with 2 part stain then poly is definitely easier as far as the application, but like you said, with this product you don’t need to strip down to the bare wood. After you’re done coating the surface, remember to “tip it off” by removing any excess polyurethane and spread it out more evenly with an unloaded brush. I learned by the end how to apply the stain just right without too many passes with the brush! the doors are allready finished, but a fake wood color (same as the trim). Squeeze the polyurethane from the foam until the … I used a foam brush to apply it and then a lint free cloth to rub it in all over. I’m super pleased with it. The Homes I Have Made is a DIY/home blog that features a steady rotation of rental-friendly and budget-savy DIY projects, organization solutions, home décor inspirations, and small craft ventures alongside real-life glimpses into our military lifestyle! I sanded down edges after applying to give it a worn look. The epoxy can also be cleaned off it with rubbing alcohol as long as it’s done before the epoxy dries on it. I love pulling out my glue, Moving from home to home certainly gives us the…ummm…”opportunity”…to deal with all sorts of unusual house features. Any tips on how to fix? Thanks. What a darling touch to your little one's room. I'd like to receive the free email course. Don’t use a brush to apply the epoxy. Apply oil-based poly using a fine-bristled brush (natural or synthetic bristles) or a foam brush. I was able to get a clean, consistent finish with the wood-grain look I was going for. 3. Unfornately, I have some dried drip areas and darkers areas that need to be fixed. I use the term painting on intentionally, as that really is the best way to describe how to apply this product to furniture. Paint thinner / mineral spirits is more expensive then a good brush, go figure. According to Paint Pro, nylon brushes are durable and clean easily but become less effective if used over an extended time period or in hot weather. So it makes sense to use the lowest-tech, least expensive tool to do the job. 1: Stirring vs Shaking...Shaking creates air bubbles, if you do shake it, give it a few minutes to settle. And clean-up is a breeze with soap and water. 2: A quality brush (3-4") the soft bristles leave fewer brush lines. Years ago, on one of my first PolyShades® projects, I learned that foam brushes make sloppy applicators, as they apply an uneven coat and leave behind a trail of bubbles. I think, When I first laid eyes on Cricut Joy, my very first thought was: “This a great thing to give college, It's Amazon Prime Day, friends! If you’re looking for a true wood look with grains and color variation that look like stained wood, your better bet is sanding down to the raw wood and going with regular stain. Today, Peel-and-stick wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to update our rentals. View Profile View Forum Posts View Blog Entries Visit Homepage View Articles Member Join Date Oct 2007 Location Apopka, FL Posts 234. I loved it too and have since used it on a large entertainment center. (Use a separate can or jar.) I've never used a foam brush to apply solvent based poly. I do LOVE how this chair turned out – I love that it looks fresh, clean and updated. I thought applying polyurethane with a foam brush was pretty much considered heresy, but I was ready to wrap up this project and dreaded the clean up of using a brush. When it came time to finish the table for the living room I opted for oil based polyurethane for a more durable water-resistant finish. It really is amazing how enhanced a microscopic dust particle is when it gets in you smooth finish. Inspiration Versus Actual: How Did It All Play Out. Now check your email to confirm your subscription. Remove all dust. Three quarts of gel stain, one quart of Polyshades, 15 foam brushes, a half-dozen paint brushes, 2 bags of rags, tons of sandpaper, gloves, liquid sander, TSP, a quart of rub-on poly, two … But if you are refinish fine furniture, I can't say one way or the other if they should be used. I checked for runs or excess and brushed problem areas in one direction until it looked like there was a uniform coating. It is a thick substance that is slightly more complex to work with compared to paint as any imperfection during application is emphasized once the coat dries. Avoid inexpensive bristle brushes, as these tend to leave obvious brush strokes. For areas that require a brush, make sure you are using a good quality brush (Purdy is great). Every time I look at it I still can’t believe how good and how matched it all looks! I sanded lightly with 600 grit paper, wiped it down and applied two more coats of the oil-base polyurethane with a new foam brush each time. My greatest challenge with the product was the drips (which I had read about!). Brushing a rounded, contoured or vertical surface is more likely to create drips. Especially in humid Florida. 02-01-2009, 11:22 PM #7. Web Design Created with ♥ by TrendyThemes. I don’t need to do that anymore but if you find some uneven sheen issues, that fixes it without adding any more color. Good luck and hope it fades for you soon! 4. I watched a video showing how to dilute the finish with 50% water and applying with a cloth and I loved the technique and the result. In this installment of Quick Tips from Minwax®, wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson shows you how to change the color of your wood furniture without stripping it … Application: Apply stain with foam brush. Megan. I have gotten good at using it now, but at the beginning (yes on the drips!) Apply a THIN coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane using a high-quality natural or foam brush. The color is saturated and even, and it was relatively easy to accomplish (especially since the polyurethane coat is included without an extra step!) Smell aside though, we’ve been pretty pleased with the results. It’s pretty heavy, so I would rather not do that, but I also want it to look good! I always used the cheap foam brushes and then through them away. PolyShades® is a combination wood stain and polyurethane finish, allowing you to get both color and protection in one easy step. will minwax polyshades apply with a roller ok ? now the trim looks like real wood. Then I will go over it with wipe on poly. Pretty cool, huh?!? Coat soft, porous woods such as pine or alder with Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner by applying it with a brush or cloth. Before applying any coat and especially after sanding or using the steal wool, you should use a TAC cloth to remove those fine dust particles. Chair turned out – I love Polyshades for the really strong smell to dissipate the mess cleaning. 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