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Minwax Antique Finish - clear or amber? Satin or gloss?

by jsk12
posted 11-04-2018 03:25 AM

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 06:22 AM

Sounds like an oil finish, most oils will yellow at least white woods.

Read the reviews, completely go down to the ones, at the 2 guy said new was reformulated and new did weird stuff old didn’t, but said old you could wipe off while wet, and get satin, let dry without wiping, and get gloss. Most of the reviews I read actually sounded like they had finished a project, with Amazoo reviews, that isn’t always the case. Most gave 5 stars.

Amazon page reviews at bottom.

Description made me think of Tru Oil. I love the Arm r Seal from General Finishes, have you tried that?

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#2 posted 11-04-2018 01:04 PM

Can looks the same as what I used 20 yrs ago and havent seen anything about changes. Has more of a brown vs amber tint, like the danish oils, which it is very similar to. More of a semi gloss. Be aware all of these are relatively soft and not for building much of a film thickness. Read about here. I prefer mw poly with a little or a lot of dye added. It has 2x the solids content of arm r seal so is a better value, just thin it 1:1 with ms. Consider them equal.

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#3 posted 11-04-2018 02:16 PM

A retired wood shop teacher told me that after 35 years of teaching, Minwax Antique Oil was his favorite wood finish. I bought some at that time (years ago) and have been a happy user since then. I prefer it to Danish Oil, and it dries overnight, unlike Danish Oil. It can be a bit hard to find.

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#4 posted 11-04-2018 10:13 PM

Love this stuff. Looks kind of like maple syrup in color. I can’t tell you how it affects light wood. The “lightest” wood I’ve used it on is cherry and it’s wonderful, but use something like Charles Neil’s conditioner beforehand for cherry. Have used it on walnut and mesquite, looks terrific.

Definitely not glossy. Enough coats and I think you can approach semi-gloss. I have 3 coats on a desk and I wouldn’t call that one semi-gloss. I’ve gone five on other things and it comes close.

Reasons I like it: you get a terrific, natural look; wood feels great to touch; extremely easy to use.

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#5 posted 11-05-2018 12:13 AM

+1 on what the Colonel said. Minwax antique oil is my absolute go to finish. I’ve used it for coffee tables to small boxes and even tool handles. Works on most domestic hard woods. Not great on pine… Amber color. I use it as a wipe on oil or build a finish by wet sanding between coats using mineral spirits. Usually I thin with MS or add Penetrol Flood at a 1:4 ratio. This finish is easily buffed if more sheen is desired. I find it quite durable and easily repaired.

My $.02 from Kentucky!

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