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Forum topic by Paul Maurer posted 06-07-2014 02:58 PM 1735 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Paul Maurer

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06-07-2014 02:58 PM

Minwax water based stain I am a little disappointed in the product and offended by customer service.
I admit that I was asking a lot of the product. I tried to use it to refinish a veneered dinning table. That it left very tall brush strokes on a surface I was reluctant to sand, forced me to accept a poorer quality job. Minwax water based stain would not flow or level, it stood like old cheap acrylic paint. I went back to the orange big box seeking solutions to my dilemma, they had heard this before and only had unofficial solutions [add wated, glycerin dish soap (surfactant)]. So I called Minwax, their stance was to promote additional purchase and failing that to blame their victim. In short the conclusion of my conversation with them was that Minwax has no product for this application. Unless you can follow the directions 100% and to the letter, you should have no expectations of their product. I would like to see Minwax clearly label their product. This product is not intended for refinishing or any project that can not completely comply with the following directions.
I think that their customer service could improve profitability by just having a one word recording – Sucker- Thanks for reading my vent, I hope that you fare better than I when dealing with Minwax.

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 04:34 PM

I often struggle with any water based stain and think that it is much more difficult to use than oil based product.

I also find that staining on a refinishing project is extremely difficult as the stain will not soak into the wood like on raw wood. It does not surprise me at all that you had problems with water based stain on a refinish project as I would just as likely had the same problem.

It is always useful to make a trial of the stain or finish on an out of view place on such a project. This will serve to eliminate an surprises when doing a very visible surface.

As to your disappointment with Minwax customer service, that is typical of some companies these days. I think that in the future, you may need to read the labels more carefully and look for a product that is specifically designed for a refinishing project.

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 05:30 PM

I have never tried a water base stain, and now after reading this I have no intention of trying it. Thanks guys.

-- You can't trust a dog to guard your food.

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 04:34 AM

I tried using their Water Based Stain on ONE Project. Never Again!

They can throw all of the “Proper Directions” they want to at you. You hit the Nail On The Head Paul when you mentioned Latex Paint. As far as I’m concerned that’s exactly what it is.

I tried to take it back down to Bare Wood (Pine) even that didn’t work. The Colour had penetrated to deeply. Fortunately it was only about 1/4 of the Project so I Bought some New Pine to take it’s place.

There Oil Based Stains are pretty Good. I use them for all of my Staining Projects.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Paul Maurer

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 09:16 AM

I like the oil based stains just fine, never a problem. Their water based poly is outstanding – a 2 hour dry time, it is a dream come true. This table refinish was for a friend who hosted a ministry out of her home for several months. The wear and tear on her furniture having up to 40 guests to a dinner party each week took its toll. I had hoped to restore her furniture commensurate to her generosity. Because of Minwax water based stain I feel the accomplishment of this was limited. Tables get refinished all the time, I have done several – solid wood- tables using oil based stains and (or) poly and shellac and water poly. This was the fist veneered table and the first done in place in the dinning room. Is there another water based brand that works or is there a way to make this junk work? Other than spraying as a professional that I consulted after the fact recommended? Spraying would not have been feasible in this case. I am so disappointed how this table came out that it is literally keeping me up at night- it is 3:12am.
It is done now, I rely on good food and good company to distract her guests from the best job that I could get using a crappy product.

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