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Poly shade help?

by JBax
posted 09-10-2018 02:07 AM

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 02:55 AM

Paint covers all flaws in prior finishing.

My first thought about “orange” is that stain you found in the garage may have frozen, thawed and refrozen a few times, which usually finishes don’t like too much, but with “polyshades” it’s possible it was meant to be orange. Depending on how you want it to look, I would suggest heavy sanding to make sure it’s flat, then several coats of a good latex paint. Make sure you can touch the sides and it NOT be tacky before moving to paint. That polyshades stuff is stain and polyurethane mixed in one can. The poly if it’s beyond it’s use date/situation may not want to dry very well, so it may be some time before you can paint it, and expect a good outcome.

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 04:23 AM

I tried Polyshades Twice. The First Time and the Last Time. Luckily it was just a Birdhouse and didn’t matter.

Mine was a Brand new Can. It didn’t go on well (Color Blend, & I mixed it WELL} Took to long to dry and looked like Shat when it did.

I went back to Minwax Oil Based Stain Brushed on WELL and Worked in. Usually an overnight dry, then one or two Coats of Water Based Poly (Brushed On or you can wipe it on). StIR ONLY. If you shake that water based Poly you’ll end up with a Vanilla Milkshake! (Bubbles).

If you want to Paint It, sure, BUT, Make sure the Ugly Stain is DRY! You can wipe it down with Mineral Spirits to take off the Stain Faster and it will dry Quicker.

Hope this Helps JBax!

Regards: Rick S.

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 01:57 PM

All good advice above. If you decide to paint it, I would use a good high gloss spray can. Be sure the type of paint is compatible with the Poly Shades. Or, spray a coat of shellac over the Poly Shades first. I had a small project some years ago that I had to end up painting for different reasons. I used automotive paint in the spray cans. It turned out to be one of my favorite projects. Good luck.

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 03:11 PM

Poly shades worked the first time for me and about a year later bought the same color and the new stuff was super junk. The old stuff was still good and worked. But it’s meant to be put on very thin and left alone. I would sand it with 220 and give it another try.

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 03:35 PM

It is meant to leave on as a full coat layer.

I would try another coat it may correct it.

If not, get a new box, but this time try using a dye or stain first, then top coat.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a water based stain (multiple coats can be used to darken) followed by a light sanding with 320 (water based stain will “raise the grain”).

I think the easiest way to top coat a project like this is to spray it.

Simplest way to do that is a can of shellac, polyacrylic or polyurethane spray.

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#6 posted 09-10-2018 09:28 PM

Thank you guys for the feedback! I am just headed out to the back porch to see how it looks today. I’m now a little torn between leaving it imperfect and just continuing on since I plan to place pictures on top of it or starting over. Such a hard call! Im going to test the stain on a scrap piece of wood and if all the stuff I want to overlay on top works with this plyshades then I think I’ll leave it as is.

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#7 posted 09-10-2018 09:34 PM

Well it turns out I stained the damn thing shut and I went to pry it open and broke off one of the cheap knobs. Don’t think there is any fixing it.

So, what I’d like to do next is just paint it with craft paint. Would that be easier than staining and would it be as durable?

edit* ok forget that. If I do a water based stain can I use acrylic craft paint and modge Podge in it then seal it all in with a spray? Will that be more durable than just plain craft paint on plain wood? I would love links to products and such. Thank you guys so much.

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