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A clear, fast-drying protective topcoat that's perfect for furniture, trim, doors, cabinets and paneling. Available in Semi-Gloss and Satin.
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Polycrylic Semi-Gloss, Quart
Polycrylic Semi-Gloss, Quart Item #: 31895
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Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish

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Crystal-clear, fast-drying protective topcoat is perfect for furniture, trim, doors, cabinets and paneling. Resists damage from abrasion, scuffing, chipping, water, alcohol and other common household chemicals. For use over bare wood, oil- and water-based stains, paint and wallpaper. The clarity of Polycrylic protective finish makes it an ideal topcoat over Minwax water-based wood stains and any wood surface, especially light woods like maple, ash and birch.


  • Very little odor.
  • Dries in two hours.
  • Cleans up easily with soap and water.
  • Apply with synthetic bristle brush.
  • For interior wood surfaces only.
  • Non-flammable.
  • Shipping Restrictions: Ground Transportation Only
(1) Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish
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Brand Minwax
Tech Spec
  • Coats: 2-3
  • Dry Time: 3 hour
  • Dry to Recoat: 2 Hours
  • Suggested Application: Synthetic bristle brush
  • Clean-up: Soap and Water
  • Coverage: 125 sq. ft./quart
  • Use: Interior
Technical Documents
Coverage 125 sq ft
Dry Time 2-3 hrs
Finish Gloss, Semi Gloss
Color Clear
Size Quart
Use Interior
3.7 / 5.0
9 Reviews
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Super clear coat
I use this on all of my candle stick holder that I make and the bases for the holders. Also is great for the clocks I make.
August 21, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
easy to use. dries fast. no brush marks. no odor. enough said
June 17, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great stuff. I spray mine with...
Great stuff. I spray mine with a Fugi hvlp sprayer 4 stage.
July 17, 2013
Much better then General Finishes Polycrylic.
Much better then General Finishes Polycrylic.
July 27, 2011
I had just picked this item...
I had just picked this item up as I needed a quick finish, and like water based. Boy was I pleasantly surprised at how well this works. I spray it with my Rockler HVLP gun and 3 coats with 220 grit in between and I get some of the best finish I've done, I'm no expert though. It's tough, looks great and just makes you want to run your hand over the wood.
November 29, 2007
Good finish with one major weakness
Easy to apply, low odor, dries quickly. Sturdy finish EXCEPT do not let anything containing alcohol near this finish. It will melt.
October 6, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Very hard to work with
I made some cribbage boards from African mahogany. If you play cribbage, you know there are traditionally some markings on the board to indicate various things. I had seen some videos of a way to transfer from laser-printing onto wood for these markings using Polycrylic and wanted to try it. So, I thought, why not just finish the whole board with it? However, I found the water-based poly extremely hard to work with. It doesn't self-level like traditional polyurethane. I brushed on the Polycrylic using a synthetic brush as directed, but the liquid still bubbled and even foamed to a certain extent, and these defects persisted in the finish as it cured. It does dry very quickly, though. I can think of two things I might do differently: 1) try spraying -- this is probably a better approach for a small item like a cribbage board, or 2) if brushing, varnish only one surface and let it dry before trying to varnish the opposing face.
December 18, 2017
1 year ago
Waste of time
Though the finish is crystal clear, it does not seal or gloss over properly until 4-5 coats later. Too much time and effort for such mediocre results.
July 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
yellow not clear
It says it turns clear. But when we put it on it turned yellow and ruined the whole project!
June 24, 2017
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Why did you choose this?
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Works well on numerous projects.
Louis M on Jun 21, 2018
I'm making a Maple topped table. This will protect the top, without yellowing the color of the maple like an oil-based polyurethane would.
Matthew S on May 1, 2017
Works well on numerous projects.
Louis M on Jun 21, 2018
Heard good reviews.
Albert d on May 8, 2017
I'm making a Maple topped table. This will protect the top, without yellowing the color of the maple like an oil-based polyurethane would.
Matthew S on May 1, 2017
Recommended highly
David G on Jan 4, 2017
Heard good reviews.
Albert d on May 8, 2017
Recommended highly
David G on Jan 4, 2017
saw a YouTube video where this was used as a topcoat on a concrete floor. Floor was etched with muriatic acid then painted with Behr single stage epoxy Concrete Paint. Wondering about compatibility and also whether there are problems with it turning milky white as the Behr epoxy clear does. Any ideas?
DIANE A on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Do not use it on top of epoxy paint! It may be compatible with bare concrete because it is water based, but my experience with this product tells me that it is not a durable finish and should not be used on floors of any kind.
I would love to defer to a material science professional if one is available.
Will this product turn bare pine to an amber color?
Ronald F on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not in my experience. I spray it with an HVLP sprayer with good results, I goes on milky but dries clear without an amber tint.
Is it supposed to be blue when applying?
A shopper on May 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When applied from a can, the finish had a slight blue tint, which quickly disappeared. I also used the aerosol product, which did not have a blue ting.
How long for the sticky feeling to go away?
A shopper on May 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It can dry VERY fast, in minutes. If it is taking to long to dry you are putting it on to thick. Best to use thin coats, sanding between coats. In the extreme case I've used this as a wipe-on finish using paper towel rather then a brush. I apply it then wipe off all that I can using a dry paper towel. The wood is ready to use in less than an hour. But if you apply thick coats in can take a few days to fully harden. This product is best used for thin coatings. If you want "thick" buy a marine varnish.
We are refinishing a counter top. I have sanded between coat and put them on thin. It seems to dry before it smooths out. When it dries all the brush strokes show through. The first coat went one way with the strokes and the next three the other way. I can still see the first strokes come through. What am I doing wrong?
Rob S on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use a lot of this (hundreds of gallons in my life) and I also can have brush mark problems. I use a very high quality nylon brush and let it sit in the Polycrylic before I use it to get rid of as many air bubbles in the brush as I can. I put on a heavy enough coat that I am always brushing into a wet edge. On my artwork I apply many coats, let it dry for 2 weeks and then buff it out to get rid of the marks. A random orbital sander starting with a wet 500 Aberlon pad and then going up (1000, 1500, 2000) will give a very nice polished finish. Keep the pads wet but not soaked in water.
does it come in pint size?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have not seen this product in pint (16 oz) cans. It is available in quarts as well as half-pints (8 oz). The product is also available as an aerosol spray. I have applied this product by brush and spray, and was extremely satisfied with the finish
Can it be sprayed?
Jimmy on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You'll want to lay down a wet coat. Best for spraying flat horizontal surfaces.
Can it be used outside?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are no UV blockers, it would not last long outdoors. But it is very waterproof and can be used on things that are taken outdoors to use then brought indoors for storage.
Can you use a two part epoxy over polycrilic?
Zack W on Dec 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I doubt it would be a long lasting finish. It would be best to sand down or remove the polycrylic first.
This morning I just pained hand rails with white paint, acrylic latex water based; it dried in 1 hour. I want to add a top coat that is more durable than paint. Should I wait a few days before applying Polycrylic over the white paint ? Do I need to let the white paint cure several days ?
julian j on Jul 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Provided you whit

Depends on how thick the white paint is
If only 1 coat of white paint a 24 hour drying time should be sufficient. I've had great results doing this. In high humidity situations you might want to wait longer
Is it safe to stack trim that has been finished with polycrylic if it has thoroughly dried?
Marcia T on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It dries quick, usually within 1 hour. You should have no problems afterwards.
Can I put epoxy over polyacrylic for a harder surface?
Anita M on Feb 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have not tried epoxy based coatings over poly-acrylics but I don't see why not. Check the surface prep requirements of your coating and follow them. That should include sanding the surface and cleaning it well. Then please let us know how it turns out.
My mom used this with a White Chalk paint under it in my bathroom..Worked so well perfectly white. So I decided to use it only back door. Same products. As soon as the Polycrylic started to dry it turned VERY YELLOW! What did I do wrong?
Morgan on Dec 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Most likely your back door had a paint that had some enamel or oils in it (suitable for outdoor use). Polycrylics don't play well with oil-based paints and stains - they seep through. You'll probably have to sand the door, paint with a NON-enamel based paint, then use polycrylic.
I applied 3 coats of this on a table I refinished (dried between coats) and I still find it marks up way to easily. (?)
C K on Jun 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: had same result
How do you touch up painted wood that was finished with polycrylic?
Jennifer M on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sand, paint, and apply more polycrylic
Will this yellow a natural poplar?
Alex T on Dec 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It will not yellow the wood. However, my experience says the wood will age and develope its patina (yellow) in spite of the polycrylic.
Is the finish though enough for a tabletop?
Jimmy on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used Polycrylic satin finish [one coat] over a painted bookcase. It has been a short time since finishing but seems to resist scuffing and abrasion from books much better than just satin paint.I would suggest it could well on a tabletop as well.
Can minwax polycrylic be use on countertop as a protective over rust oleum
bob l on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Call Rustoleum. They are very helpful. But if you have a painted countertop, you already have a temporary finish that will require re-painting or refinishing on a regular basis.
can I use this over a painted surface as well as bare wood on the same cedar panel?
steve p on Dec 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sure. It sticks to any clean dry surface. It won't darken the bare cedar like an oil finish will so if you are also looking for that look you could put a first coat of wipe on poly (on the bare cedar) and then coat it with the Polycrylic after a day.
Can I use this on a kitchen table? The table would be painted and am afraid I'll get coffee cup rings, etc. Would applying this polycrylic prevent it?
Sharon B on May 16, 2016
Can I dip my jewelry beads in this?
Cathy H on Apr 24, 2016
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