Rockler has always offered a variety of premium clear finishes to meet with a variety of applications, budgets, tastes and talents. And we’ve just added to the list. Now you have even more options with these tried-and-true clear finishes from Minwax:
Minwax Polycrylic clear finish is a great choice if you’re looking for an easy to use waterborne top coat that cleans up with water, dries fast and is easy on your health and the environment. Polycrylic satin is a popular and forgiving choice for interior furniture and trim. It works out especially well on light colored woods, such as birch or maple.
For darker colored woods, particularly species with red tones like mahogany, many finishers prefer an oil-based polyurethane. Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane has been around for years produces a hard, durable finish that’s suitable for just about any woodworking project destined for use indoors. Minwax Fast-Drying Poly was one of two “control group” finishes in Chris Minick’s clear finish comparison test in the November, 2006 issue of Fine Woodworking and was rated “excellent” for both brush and spray application.
If you prefer a wipe-on finish, you have three new options: Minwax Antique Oil Finish is an old favorite linseed oil-based finish. In about three coats you’ll end up with a classic “hand rubbed” low gloss oil finish. Or for a satin sheen and excellent water resistance, try Minwax Tung Oil Finish. If finding a wipe on finish that will offer the highest degree of protection is your goal, then Minwax Wipe On Polyurethane is the way to go. Another Chris Minick favorite (see the July, 2005 issue of Fine Woodworking) Minwax Wipe On Poly offers the most durable of the protective coat of the three, and it’s also the most affordable. It wipes on easy and dries to a satin sheen.
Not what you’re looking for? Check our Clear Finishes category – we’re sure you’ll find it there. After that, if you’re still wondering which way to go, read up on the subject in Rockler’s “Finishing Comparison Guide” and “Start to Finish: The Endurance Test” or, for an even deeper look into the fascinating world of finishing, head for our selection of wood finishing books.