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Wipe-On Poly

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly


Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is a durable, clear finish that combines polyurethane protection with classic, hand-rubbed beauty.

  • Applied with a cloth – no need to worry about drips and brush marks.
  • Great for furniture, railings and trim.

Product Details

Sheens: gloss, satin
Application Tool: lint-free cloth
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 2-3 hours
Dry Time: 24 hours before normal use
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner
Coverage: 125 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 2-3
Recommended Uses: furniture, cabinets, woodwork, trim, doors; small floor touch-ups (scratches)

Directions Instrucciones en Español

Interior Use Only

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 old finishes in poor condition, wax, grease, polish, dirt or other foreign matter.
  2. Sand to obtain a smooth, uniform surface. Remove all dust.
  3. If desired, apply stain, such as Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain, to unfinished interior wood surfaces. Follow directions for application instructions and dry times.
  4. Shake Minwax® Wipe-On Poly container thoroughly before and during use to eliminate settling on the bottom of the can.
  5. Apply a liberal amount of Wipe-On Poly to a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and rub it into the wood.
  6. Let dry 2-3 hours. Then lightly sand entire surface with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. Remove all dust.
  7. Apply a second coat. If a third coat is desired, repeat step 6 before application.
  8. After final coat, allow 24 hours before light use.

CLEANUP: For easy cleanup, use mineral spirits or paint thinner.

COVERAGE: Approximately 125 sq. ft. per quart.

Floors: Wipe-On Poly may be used to touch up small scratches on floors. Apply carefully as gloss level may not be identical to the existing floor finish.

Note: Wipe-On Poly is not recommended for general use on floors. To protect floors, use Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors or Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

Note: Above dry times and coverage rates are based on good ventilation, temperature of 77F and 50% relative humidity. Lower temperature, higher humidity, lack of ventilation or application of thick coats will extend dry time. Slight ambering may be experienced when Wipe-On Poly is applied over light-colored wood surfaces. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results. For light-colored wood surfaces, we recommend protecting with Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.

DANGER: Rags, steel wool, other waste soaked with this product, and sanding residue may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately place rags, steel wool, other waste soaked with this product, and sanding residue in a sealed, water-filled, metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations.


Contents are COMBUSTIBLE. Keep away from heat and open flame.

VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. To avoid overexposure, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air, or wear respiratory protection (NIOSH approved) or leave the area. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Wash hands after using. Keep container closed when not in use. Do not transfer contents to other containers for storage.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, call Poison Control Center, hospital emergency room, or physician immediately.

DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of using Minwax® Wipe-On Poly versus a traditional polyurethane?

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is easily applied with a cloth, without any drips or brush marks. It is the perfect choice for furniture, interior doors, trim and other woodwork.

Can I use Minwax® Wipe-On Poly on floors?

Minwax® Wipe-On Poly provides a durable layer of topcoat protection but it is thinner than regular polyurethanes. It can be used on floors to touch up small areas that are worn or scratched. For new floors or floors that need to be refinished, Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors should be used.

Can Minwax® Wipe-On Poly be applied over Minwax® Wood Finish™ or other stains?

Yes. Minwax® Wipe-On Poly is a great way to protect finished or unfinished wood. Be sure to allow wood that has been stained to dry completely before topcoating with Minwax® Wipe-On Poly.

Should Minwax® Wipe-On Poly be sanded between coats?

Yes. A light sanding with very fine sandpaper (#220) or fine steel wool will remove any fine particles of dust that may have settled on the finish while it was wet. Allow Minwax® Wipe-On Poly to dry 2-3 hours before applying the next coat. If a third coat is desired, repeat the same procedure.

Material Safety Data Sheet

Safety Data Sheet


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