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Minwax®
Polycrylic® Protective Finish

Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish

Overview

Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish is a crystal clear, ultra fast-drying protective topcoat.

  • Protects and adds beauty to interior wood surfaces including woodwork, furniture, doors and cabinets
  • Crystal clear finish is ideal for use over light woods like maple, ash and birch as well as over Minwax® Water Based Wood Stains
  • Dries quickly
  • Cleans up easily with warm water

Product Details

Sheens: gloss, semi-gloss, satin
Application Tool: synthetic bristle brush
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 2 hours
Dry Time: 3 hours for light handling, 24 hours for normal use
Cleanup: soap and warm water
Coverage: 125 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 2-3
VOC Content: Maximum VOC of 275 g/L
Recommended Uses: woodwork, furniture, cabinets, doors, not recommended for floors

Directions Instrucciones en Español

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WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

  1. Surface must be dry and free of wax, grease, polish, old finishes in poor condition or any foreign matter.
  2. Sand to a smooth, uniform surface. DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL. Remove dust with a cloth dampened with water or mineral spirits. Let dry completely.
  3. If desired, apply Minwax® Wood Finish™ or Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain to unfinished interior wood surfaces following label directions. Wait at least 24 hours before applying Polycrylic® over Minwax® Wood Finish™.
  4. Stir well before and regularly during use. DO NOT SHAKE. FINISH APPEARS MILKY IN CAN BUT DRIES CRYSTAL CLEAR.
  5. Apply a thin coat of Polycrylic® with a high-quality synthetic bristle brush. Apply in one direction with the grain. Do not overbrush.
  6. Let dry at least 2 hours then sand with very fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion of additional coats. Do not use steel wool. Remove all dust.
  7. Apply second coat. For additional coats, repeat Step 6 before applying. Three coats are recommended.
  8. After final coat, allow 3 hours before light handling and 24 hours before normal use.

Special Instructions: Polycrylic® should not be applied over red mahogany stain. Instead, use Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane over any red mahogany stain. Polycrylic® is not recommended for use on floors because it would require more frequent recoating in high traffic areas. Instead, we recommend any Minwax polyurethane, including Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane or Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors for maximum durability.

CLEANUP: Clean with soap and warm water immediately after use.

COVERAGE: Approximately 125 sq. ft. per quart.

Notes: Thinning is not recommended. Keep from freezing. Store below 105°F. For interior use only. Dry times are based on good ventilation, temperature of 77°F, and 50% relative humidity. Lower temperature, higher humidity, lack of air movement or application of thick coats will extend drying times. Always test surface for tackiness between coats. Oil-based stains, paints or coatings applied under Polycrylic® may amber normally. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

>Aerosol Directions

WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. Lead is Toxic. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log onto www.epa.gov/lead.

  1. Surface must be dry and free of wax, grease, polish, old finishes in poor condition or any foreign matter.
  2. Sand to a smooth, uniform surface. DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL. Remove dust with a damp cloth. Let dry completely.
  3. If desired, apply stain such as Minwax® Water-Based Wood Stain or Minwax® Wood Finish™ to bare wood surfaces following label directions. Wait at least 24 hours before applying Polycrylic® over Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain.
  4. Shake can vigorously for two minutes. Repeat for 10 seconds after each minute of use.
  5. Protect adjacent areas from overspray. Hold can vertically 12 inches from surface and depress button fully. Spray using an even, sweeping motion with slightly overlapping strokes. On unfinished wood, apply sufficient material to seal, open joints, edges and end-grain.
  6. Apply thin coats to avoid runs and sags. Allow product to dry at least 30 minutes between coats. Sand lightly with very fine sandpaper (220 grit) and remove all dust before applying next coat. At least 3 coats are recommended. If unable to recoat within 1½ hours, wait at least 72 hours then lightly sand and recoat.
  7. Polycrylic® dries to the touch in 30 minutes and can be handled after 1 hour. After final coat, allow 24 hours before normal use.

Special Instructions: Polycrylic® should not be applied over red mahogany stain. Instead, use Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane over any red mahogany stain.

Notes: Keep from freezing. Dry times are based on good ventilation, temperature of 77° and 50% relative humidity. Lower temperature, higher humidity, lack of air movement or application of thick coats will extend drying times. Always test tackiness between coats. Oil-based stains, oil-based and latex paints or other coatings applied under Polycrylic® may amber normally. Always spot test an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

Nozzle Care

  1. After each use, clear valve by holding can upside down and spraying until only clear gas comes out.
  2. If spray button becomes clogged, wear eye protection, wipe of the button opening with lacquer thinner. DO NOT stick pin in spray button opening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish appear milky in the can?

The milk-white appearance is caused by the scattering and reflection of light striking the liquid and the particles suspended in it. The slight haziness disappears on the wood leaving a clear finish.

Can Polycrylic® be used over Minwax® Wood Finish™ stains?

Yes, provided the Wood Finish™ has dried completely, which generally takes 24 hours. The one exception is over Wood Finish™ Red Mahogany Stain. Polycrylic® and Red Mahogany are not compatible.

When applying Polycrylic® over wood that has not been sealed with a wood stain, how can grain raising be minimized?

Sand the wood prior to applying Polycrylic®. Before the final sanding, moisten the wood with a rag or sponge dipped in water. Allow the wood to dry, then sand off the raised grain with #220 sandpaper. After wiping off the dust, apply Polycrylic®.

Should Polycrylic® be sanded between coats?

Yes. A light sanding (#220 sandpaper) will remove any fine particles of dust which settle on the finish while it is still wet. Light sanding also helps abrade the surface, improving intercoat adhesion.

Can I use steel wool in place of fine sandpaper?

No. Since steel wool and water can cause rust, steel wool should be avoided around all water-based wood finishing products. A stray strand lodged in the surface could leave an unsightly stain in the wood.

Will water damage Polycrylic® after it has dried?

Once the resins have dried and hardened they cannot be re-dissolved by water. The dry film resists damage from water and household spills.

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