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Old 07-17-2012, 06:36 PM   #16
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Sorry about your experience with Polyshades. You probably did everything right; it's just that Polyshades is best-suited for smaller projects, especially when it dries so quickly in this weather.

Even using a quality bristle brush, working on one small section at a time, and laying down thin coats, you still may get lap marks on a large door.

I know this will hurt, but the best thing to do now is to strip or sand it off, then get back down to bare wood.

At that point I would (1.) apply a coat of oil-based Minwax Wood Conditioner according to directions, (2.) brush or rub on your choice of Minwax Wood Finish oil-based stain, and then (3.) finish with two or three coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane for an exterior door or Fast-Drying Polyurethane for indoors.

Its a few extra steps, but these oil-based products give you the longest working time, which is critical when everything dries so quickly in warm weather.

Hope this helps!

Bruce Johnson
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Thanks for the input Bruce
However, I thought Polyshades WAS an oil based product.
As far as sanding the door down, if that's a veneered door, it may not be the best advice.

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Let me be the first to say that sanding/stripping fresh poly and stain is possibly the toughest job any painter has to do...........sandpaper will gum up.........stain that penetrated the wood is nearly impossible to remove without damaging the door. My vote is to keep working with the polyshades until you get something close to what you wanted.
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Sorry about your experience with Polyshades. You probably did everything right; it's just that Polyshades is best-suited for smaller projects, especially when it dries so quickly in this weather.

Even using a quality bristle brush, working on one small section at a time, and laying down thin coats, you still may get lap marks on a large door.

I know this will hurt, but the best thing to do now is to strip or sand it off, then get back down to bare wood.

At that point I would (1.) apply a coat of oil-based Minwax Wood Conditioner according to directions, (2.) brush or rub on your choice of Minwax Wood Finish oil-based stain, and then (3.) finish with two or three coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane for an exterior door or Fast-Drying Polyurethane for indoors.

Its a few extra steps, but these oil-based products give you the longest working time, which is critical when everything dries so quickly in warm weather.

Hope this helps!

Bruce Johnson
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Dear Bruce,

Perhaps somewhere on the Polyshades can it should indicate that the product is not good for projects such as doors. It does not. In fact, on the Minwax website, for this product, the company states, "Recommended Uses: furniture, woodwork, doors, cabinets, accessories." Such information would lead one to believe that it could be used on doors. Similarly, if this product should not be used in the summer, in an air conditioned house, it should state this somewhere on the user information.

This would be most helpful to the very people who might be inclined to use such a product - homeowners who rarely do wood finishing.

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Let me be the first to say that sanding/stripping fresh poly and stain is possibly the toughest job any painter has to do...........sandpaper will gum up.........stain that penetrated the wood is nearly impossible to remove without damaging the door. My vote is to keep working with the polyshades until you get something close to what you wanted.
Thanks. I'm a little nervous about trying to strip it, I have to say. I have done stripping on items in the past (in fact a piano, no less) but trying to take off this fresh coating makes me leery. I did put another coat on today. I feel like it went just as poorly, to be honest. The spousal unit isn't so unhappy with it, but I'm the resident perfectionist.

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