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Minwax® Wipe-On Poly

Get a classic hand-rubbed appearance with polyurethane protection.
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92% of 100

Durable clear finish combines polyurethane protection with classic hand-rubbed beauty. Just wipe on with a lint-free cloth — no need to worry about drips or brush marks. A great choice for any project, especially furniture, railings and trim. Can also be used to touch up small scratches on wood floors.

(1) Minwax® Wipe-On Poly
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Brand Minwax
Tech Spec
  • 2-3 coats recommended.
  • Clean up with mineral spirits or paint thinner
Coverage 125 sq ft
Dry Time 2-3 hrs
Finish Gloss, Satin
Size Pint
Use Interior
4.6 / 5.0
27 Reviews
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Minwax wipe on poly
I have used it for over 20 years. It is durable and beautiful. It may require more coats, but there are no runs or sags. It comes in clear and satin finishes. I prefer the satin look.
August 15, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wipe on Finish
looks good easy to apply
May 6, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
great finish
I've used this for years. I like the watco danish oil first and then a few coats of the minwax poly. I used watco wipe on poly recently and the finish seemed softer and the dry time was a bit longer. I prefer the minwax, very easy application with great results.
January 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very Easy to Use
Product was very easy to apply and the result was fantastic.
Has some smell to it but dissipated in about an hour.
I recommed this product for do it yourselfers.
September 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to apply looks good
Good product. Very easy to apply and I had a good looking finish on a small shaker bench.
October 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Wipe-On Poly
I have used Minwax wipe-on poly for years with great results. The way i see it is why buy something else when what you have been using always works great.
March 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
try it.
I pretty much hate polyurethane. It usually has a cheesy, cheap feel and look when compared with in-the-wood finishes. Perhaps because the build with it is slower (not much, since coats dry quicker than brush-on) it has a much richer look. It's flexible, easy to work with..... so try it.
March 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wipe-on poly
I liked this product because it easy to use.
November 15, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best finish
This is a great product. I use it on everything. I brush it on and then wipe off the excess with a clean rag. It takes a lot of coats, but as long as you wipe off the excess, it is almost idiot proof.
August 8, 2015
over 5 years ago
Love the wipe on product but could only find gloss until I ran into satin at Rockler.
April 24, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
The finish is a good hard finish. Easy to apply and to add more coats to the wood after light sanding.
Jack M on May 20, 2018
Finishing some recent turning projects
Robert C on Jul 30, 2017
The finish is a good hard finish. Easy to apply and to add more coats to the wood after light sanding.
Jack M on May 20, 2018
Like this finish since it does no streak
Dennis B on Oct 21, 2017
Finishing some recent turning projects
Robert C on Jul 30, 2017
I read about this on a do it yourself blog about how easy this product was to use.
Kimberly B on Jan 31, 2017
I was skeptical at first but this product worked excellent. Using the gloss as the base then finishing off with 1 coat of the matt finish was perfect to give the clear depth then the matt final coat. Applying to many coats of matt clear will cause a foggy finish not the depth I wanted.
James F. U on Nov 25, 2016
saw it somewhere
Barry S on Sep 15, 2016
Used for many years
Ray F on Dec 27, 2015
Sam N on Dec 18, 2015
Ease of use.
Ronald D on Nov 18, 2015
was not as good as I though it wpould it wood be
Harold N on Oct 17, 2015
Because I have used it before and it is excellent.
Amanda M on Sep 14, 2015
Very pleased with the results, and is easy to work with
Mark S on Jul 12, 2015
Love the stuff. It works great when properly applied.
Harry on Apr 12, 2015
Like this finish since it does no streak
Dennis B on Oct 21, 2017
I read about this on a do it yourself blog about how easy this product was to use.
Kimberly B on Jan 31, 2017
I am finishing an Elm slab dinning room table.Would you recommend the gloss or satin wipe on poly and how many coats would be needed?
bill l on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Bill, in my humble opinion, I would recommend satin but a main consideration is how much use this table will receive. If minimal, I would recommend 3-4 coats of wipe on poly. If this table will be used much more frequently, I would recommend the satin brush on poly in the quart can again with 3 maybe 4 coats. I hope this helps Bill.
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I'm refinishing a gunstock and would like a gloss, durable finish. Would you recommend wipe on poly for this...if so, how many coats are allowable?
j a on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am far from an expert, but everything I have ever used the wipe-on poly for I have been pleased with. What I have found over the years, is that since I like the 'wet' look on a lot of my small projects, I use a minimum of 5 coats - veneer even more. I don't know what kind of wood the gunstock is, but am guessing it may be walnut? I love the way walnut turns out, but others look good too - I have found that the denser the wood is, the faster it takes on the gloss look. I'm not sure if there really is a maximum number of coats. I lightly knock down the first 3-4 coats with 600 grit, then following coats with 20 basis weight greaseproof paper - I think most any paper will work - maybe tissue paper. Make sure you seal up the unused as good as possible, because it will start to thicken up and turn a bit amber over time - a few months or so. I use little scraps of cloth from old T-shirts for the last couple coats, as it seems to give the most even finish. Hope this helps - good luck.
Is this food grade and usable on butcher block?
Diana H on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A lot of information and confusion in the literature. As long as it is fully cured, I think it' safe to LAY food on it or use it on a dining table........but I would likely not use it on a cutting board where chunks of the finish could end up imbedded in the food.
Why is the GLOSS finish not displayed in the SILVER can????
Dene H on May 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not quite sure what your question is exactly but, I have ordered both the clear satin in the gold can and the clear gloss in the silver can. Both are clearly marked. Also, both produce fantastic results if properly applied. I have been using these min-wax products for years. I hope that this answers your question. H. Davis Slc,Ut
I want a clear protective finish for new soft wood (pine I think) window trim. Can I use wipe on poly on bare wood? If not, what prep product should I use? Thanks for your help!
Jeanne D on Jun 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jeanne D., I am no expert but i have used this product for many years. I would not advise using directly on bare softwood. In my opinion (which i value highly lol ) I would first use a sanding sealer, or shellac, and if you decide to stain I would also recommend min-wax wood conditioner to prevent splotching which softwood and pine especially is notorious for. The reason to use one of these products first is to prevent bare wood from soaking all of your wipe-on in like a sponge and you would have to use much more than needed. Even a coat of boiled linseed oil or tung oil will do the job. Just use something before the wipe-on and make sure that the first product is dry and or cured before using min-wax wipe-on which i highly recommend. It is a great product and will yield great results with a few coats. Finally, If you want to give your project one more little boost, I suggest using a coat of min-wax paste wax and buff it out with clean rags and you will be very happy. Good Luck Miss Jeanne!! Harry Slc
is it suitable for a dining room table?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends really on how much use the said table gets. If it is high use, I would advise using the brush on in the qt can. If low use, apply 3 or 4 coats and you should be fine. It will look great either way, it is durability that you need to be concerned about because of possible high use. I hope this helps.
How shinny is the Satin? The person I am making this table for doesn't want it to be too shinny. I gave them a sample of semi gloss poly and it was too shinny for them.
Dean F on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hard to describe in words, but you can clearly tell the difference between the satin ans semi-gloss. Sometimes the wood it's applied to and it's finish makes a difference as well. I think you'll be pleased with it.
If necessary I can send a picture to your email.
Once you are done using the wiping poly and it is dry and sanded can you finish with a coat of regular poly?
PatriciaU on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can but why would you? I use wipe on poly because I like the look and coverage of wipe on poly. If you want to use regular poly, just go ahead and start and finish with that.
Does this hold up outdoors?
Becky H on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Used it as finish coat on model train so don't know
Any suggestions on how to avoid swirly streaks with the satin? It drives me nuts. I apply a few coats of gloss and satin for the last coat or two. I inevitably end up with noticeable swirl marks that are glossier than the satin.
Bennett O on Nov 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Do not mix satin with gloss
Use one or the other
can you apply this product on gloss white paint ?
C M on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I guess you could after a light sanding of the gloss paint, but I am not sure WHY you would want to do this- in my opinion the Poly is for a tough finish on a wood based product, not over paint..just my opinion!
Hello Friends,
We have a big dining table that my wife bought in 2007 ( 80” x 50” )
I think it has an industrial finish, pre-catalized lacquer…
If I scuff the finish with 320 grit, would it be ok to apply OIL BASED WIPE-ON POLY over the entire table ?

Inside apartment I can’t spray lacquer, but I would love to apply a wipe on coat of poly.

About three years ago I applied some wipe-on poly on a small area to fix some scratches.
The poly didn’t peel off at all and held very well so far.
If poly is ok, should I apply a thin coat of Dewaxed Shellac as a seal coat first ?

Thank you very much for your advice!
Julian J on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I can't speak to removing the old finish or using shellac before the wipe on
Poly. However, I do like the wipe-on poly finish.
Can it be used on cake plate?
Woody on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: According to "Wood Magazine", all clear finishes are food safe once they are cured--which takes about a month, . If you can't smell it, most likely it is cured. However, i did call Minwax and asked them if it was food safe and they inferred it wasn't. They said, for one thing, if you scratch it with a fork or a utensil, that was a concern. I don't know if they were concerned about liability but I resort back to Wood Magazine and their claim.
I will be using on a large rocking chair that will be difficult to use reg poly so I was wondering if I could use on the slats and could I use reg poly on the seat over the rub poly to finish it off ?
Patricia U on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If they are both oil based yes you could. But the wipe on is easy so why bother with the regular brush on poly? Just wipe on enough coats to get the build.
The wipe on poly was used on my new white oak kitchen island. (Two months ago.) I've had some folks recommend I now use (mineral) oil or some type of butcher block oil. Is this asking for trouble?? (Applying OVER the Min Wax??) I don't directly cut on it but do use the space for eating and other food prep. Am in a pretty dry climate and have some concern in that regard.
Fran H on Mar 28, 2018
Is minwax wipe-on poly wipe food safe?
Ezgobandit on Nov 12, 2017
Can you use this for cloudy area on prefinished hardwood floor? It appears the finish has come off in a high traffic area. It is not product buildup- i had that problem and removed it everywhere but this particular spot.
Britt on Nov 20, 2016
I used Minwax wipe-on poly on some well sanded face frames on a new cabinet I built. I'm not happy with the look of the finish, streaky. I now realize I should have used the spray on type, same brand. Would it be possible to use the spray on type over the wipe on? The wipe on is water based and the spray on is oil based.
vetonow on Sep 14, 2016