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#1 posted 09-02-2019 10:27 PM

I m a bit of a newbie to woodworking, but is Minwax really considered sacrilege? The gel stain I used was Minwax….. (slouches down below bushes)
I ve never heard of WB Polycrylic. I ll have to look into it. Nowhere in town carries anything by General Finishes. But they have all things Minwax.
- PeteK

Pete we were all noobs once upon a time, and I’m sure we’ve all started in the finishes aisle figuring what the hell to start with. Many here have great amounts of experience and vast knowledge of many finishes I’ve never worked with but would like to one day, but you can consider Minwax the Pinto of brand names.

The higher end stores like Rockler and Woodcraft will have GF on the shelf, but I generally have to order it from Woodworkers Supply which is a great site and if you have any questions they have fantastic service over the phone.

Water Based polyurethane from Minwax is labeled with their Polycrylic brand name, its in the blue can Like I said above its pretty forgiving and easy to work with while not too expensive. Many dislike it because if you lay it on thick with many coats it can have a “plastic” look and feel. For me I use my compressor and $10 HF gun to shoot it straight out of the can, but you can get great results with a brush too if you apply it in thin coats and remember to apply it and then leave it alone, lots of re-brushng will mess up any poly. I get the piece coated and then” “Tip -Off the coat, see number 5. I use 320 to 400 to sand between the coats, and then after the final finish has cured for about 3 days, I use 0000 steel wool and paste wax to rub out the top which generally takes away the “plastic”

No matter what just remember you’ll make some mistakes but likely you’ll be the only one that sees them… Good Luck, remember to post your project and know that this is a great place to get help from some great woodworkers.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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