I really like this stuff
Posted December 14, 2013
So far I have used only the clear satin, but I have used it on a good half=dozen refinishing projects now, so I feel like I can speak about it to some degree. The points I want to make here are (i) that I am always really pleased with the quality of the final re-finish product, and (ii) the key to success (for me) is: I do at least 6-7 coats. I find that, even after 3-4 coats, the finish is not really what I would like it to be. But starting with coat number 5 or so, this stuff starts to look really really fine. Fortunately, it dries very quickly (although, in the winter, coat #1 seems to take like a day or so to get totally ready for coats #2+) i.e. I end up doing like 7 coats before I am happy, but work goes quickly, and the final result is quite worth it.
I expect that people who are...
Posted January 9, 2013
I expect that people who are already set up with a spray booth, have high quality spray equipment and a knowledge of consistency, temperatures etc. will not change what they are doing to use this product.However, for most of the rest of us, this product is the next best thing. I was amazed at the ease with which I was able to achieve a very high quality finish. I probably will use it exclusively from now on. Good job Minwax.
I have never redone a wooden...
Posted July 28, 2012
I have never redone a wooden piece before, but I tried a spray finish after restoring a sewing cabinet and it was a mess. I went to the store and bought this wipe on satin finish and it was great, easy, and even covered the uneven coat of spray on I had applied and could not sand all the way off. I am not sure on paint, but on stain it was great and I would suggest it to anyone.
I build cabinets as a hobby,...
Posted January 16, 2012
I build cabinets as a hobby, and have become quite proficient with spray poly. I usually can achieve a super smoothe finish by sanding in between coats. Just for grins, I did my regular spraying and finished up with Wipe-On Gloss, and it added such a rich, hand-polished look to the surface, I was impressed. I think I will ALWAYS finish with Wipe-On, but I think it may be too thin to use alone. I will continue to use spray for at least 2 coats, for a smoother base.
I love this stuff! I think...
Posted November 17, 2011
I love this stuff! I think this is the easiest finish I have ever used. I was introduced to it in the August 2005 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine where it received the "best value" and "best overall" ratings among the seventeen wipe on finishes tested. I was especially interested in the fact that it was graded as "excellent" in their water resistance test. This test measured how well it resisted staining when a wet bolt was left on the surface to dry overnight. It is everything I want in a finish. It applies really easily, sands well, doesn't run or leave brush marks, and dries quickly so there are fewer dust specks. There isn't much smell when applying it and clean up is a simple. It isn't as dull looking as Watco Oil so it gives a richer look to the wood grain. I am planning on using this a lot in the future.