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PumpkinStalker 06-22-2009 12:44 PM

Should I switch from Minwax?
I'm starting to get into woodworking and refinishing things. I've heard that professionals don't like Minwax stains and I'm wondering why and what brands people recommend for fine woodworking. Should I make a switch?

DangerMouse 06-22-2009 01:07 PM

hmm, i've never had any problems with minwax stains or urethanes...?
do a site search, others may have different opinions to share.
oh, and Hi and welcome to the forum.


PumpkinStalker 06-22-2009 02:08 PM

Thanks for the reply and welcome. I haven't had any problems either, been using their products for awhile but I know there are smaller companies out there that are available in catalogs. I've had others tell me they only use these other products and just wondering what the fuss is about.

DangerMouse 06-22-2009 02:30 PM

me too, i have friends who only use 'old masters' finishes, and swear they're so much better.
i've used both and really don't see a difference in drying time, ease of application or end results...
i think it's more WHO does the job rather than what it's done with in some cases.


adpanko 06-22-2009 02:53 PM

whatever works well for you is what's best for you. If that is Minwax, so be it. A lot of skilled finishers make their own mixes because it gives them more control and customization. Also, they often use different types of finishes besides traditional stains, so regular Minwax stain is often not a top choice in their arsenal. But I don't think that is because it is an inferior product.

Richo 06-23-2009 11:31 PM

The one problem I have always had with cheaper stains like Minwax is that when staining oak (solid stock, not veneered lumber), the stain gradually works its way back out of the deep grain as it dries and if left to dry that way, it can leave ugly marks on the wood. I found myself wiping the wood down with mineral spirits a couple times during the drying time.

Maintenance 6 06-24-2009 06:50 AM

I've used Minwax for many years and really have no complaints. What Richo says about oak is true. When I stain red oak with deep grain, I blow it out with an air hose while I'm wiping it down. That usually takes care of it. One thing about Minwax stains is that they contain a sealer, which makes it impossible to go back over them to darken anything with a second application of stain. I've found them to be easier to work with than some of the other finishes I've tried. And their polyurethanes are certain to be compatible with their stains, so you won't risk getting any wierd color shifts in the stain. The stains also work well under lacquer. I'm not a big fan of their polyshades.

DangerMouse 06-24-2009 07:26 AM

polyshades... you mean stain/urethane stain/varnish combo cans? i never did like 2 in 1s either.


Maintenance 6 06-24-2009 04:04 PM

exactly. It is a stain and polyurethane combined. I don't like the look.

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