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Minwax®
Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors

Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors

Overview

Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors is a clear, oil-based, durable, protective finish specifically formulated for use on hardwood floors.

  • Superior durability for hardwood floors.
  • Optimized drying technology results in faster recoat time between coats.
  • No sanding required between coats.
  • Advanced anti-settling formula ensures less stirring and fewer highs and lows across large surfaces, resulting in an even sheen.

Product Details

Sheens: gloss, semi-gloss, satin
Application Tool: lambswool or synthetic pad applicator, or a natural bristle brush
Location: interior wood floors
Recoat: after 3-4 hours
Dry Time: 12-18 hours for light foot traffic; 72 hours to replace furniture
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner
Coverage: 600-700 sq. ft. per gallon
Coats: 2-3
Recommended Uses: hardwood floors

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.

STEP 1: SAND THE FLOOR

Whether you have a bare wood floor, or a wood floor that already has a finish on it, you will need to sand the floor to prepare it for finishing. Rent or purchase a floor sander. Follow the sander manufacturer's directions to prepare your floor.

You will need to sand the floor down to bare wood if:

  • You'd like to change the color of the floor, or
  • Your floor's finish is cracking, peeling or completely worn away in areas, or
  • Shellac, lacquer, wax, or products containing stearates have been applied to the floor.

You can do a""screen and recoat"" if:

  • You do not want to change the color of your floor, and
  • Your existing finish is in good condition, with no chipping, peeling, or worn through areas, and
  • Shellac, lacquer, wax or products containing stearates have not been applied to the floor.

For a ""screen and recoat"", there is no need to remove your existing floor finish. Instead, you can simply ""screen"" the existing finish to prepare it for the addition of new finish. For all floors, follow the sander manufacture's directions for your type of project. Remove all sanding dust.

STEP 2: APPLY MINWAX® WOOD FINISH™ STAIN (OPTIONAL)

If you have sanded the floor down to bare wood, or you have a new, unfinished wood floor, and you'd like to add color to it, you can stain the floor. Sand and prepare the floor according to the sander manufacture's directions, ending with 100 grit sandpaper or equivalent. Remove all dust. Apply Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain following the directions on the Wood Finish can. Wait 8-12 hours (according to the directions on the Wood Finish label) for the stain to dry, and then apply Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors.

STEP 3: APPLY MINWAX® SUPER FAST-DRYING POLYURETHANE FOR FLOORS

  • Before use, thoroughly stir Minwax® Super-Fast Drying Polyurethane for Floors to rotate the product from the bottom to the top of the can. You will not need to stir again if the project will be completed in one day.
  • Apply a thin coat using a lambswool or synthetic pad applicator, or a natural bristle brush. Maintain a wet edge to avoid lap marks.
  • Allow the finish to dry 3-4 hours, but less than 12 hours. If this timing is followed, no sanding between coats is needed! But if you have let the finish dry for more than 12 hours, sand the finish lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. Allow 3-4 hours dry time before you sand.
  • Apply a second coat following the directions above.

If you are applying Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors to bare wood, apply a third coat, following the steps above. If this is a ""screen and recoat"", or if you are applying Super-Fast Drying Polyurethane for Floors over stain only two coats are required.

Note: Sanding is not required between coats, but for maximum smoothness, you can choose to sand before the final coat, using 220 grit sandpaper or equivalent. Allow 3-4 hours dry time before you sand. Do not sand if the film is still tacky. The product appears dark in the can, but dries clear. Floor will bear light foot traffic in 12-18 hours. Avoid heavy traffic, and do not install rugs or clean floors for seven days. When replacing furniture, do not slide. If Minwax® Sanding Sealer is used prior to Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors, apply following the label directions. Wait a minimum of two hours before sanding, and apply two coats of Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors.

Floor will accommodate light foot traffic 12-18 hours after the final coat of Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors. Avoid heavy traffic and do not replace furniture for 72 hours after the final coat of Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors. When replacing furniture, do not slide. Do not install rugs or clean floors for 7 days to allow finish to cure properly. To clean floors protected by Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors, we recommend a gentle cleaner such as Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

CLEANUP: For easy clean-up, use mineral spirits or paint thinner.

COVERAGE: Approximately 600-700 sq. ft. per gallon

Note: Above 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. Do not re-coat when surface is tacky. Slight ambering may be experienced when polyurethane is applied over light-colored wood surfaces. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.

NOTE: The product may appear slightly dark or purple in the can, but it dries clear.

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.

CAUTIONS: CONTAINS ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS.

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 cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors and Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane?

Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors is a durable protective finish specifically formulated for use on hardwood floors. Its professional formula provides superior durability. Its optimized drying technology provides a 25% faster recoat time than regular polyurethanes, and does not require sanding between coats. It applies more easily than regular polyurethane on floor surface, with an advanced anti-settling formula that needs less stirring and has fewer "highs and lows", resulting in an even sheen across the floor surface.

Should Polyurethane for Floors be sanded between coats?

While not necessary, Polyurethane for Floors can be sanded between coats for maximum smoothness. Allow the finish to dry 4-6 hours before sanding. A light sanding between coats is necessary only if Polyurethane for Floors has been allowed to dry for 12 hours or more.

Can Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors be used over Minwax® stains?

Yes, Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors has been formulated to work within the Minwax® system. It can be used over Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain and Minwax® Gel Stain.

Can Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors be used with Minwax® Professional Formula Sanding Sealer?

Yes, it can. First the Minwax® Professional Formula Sanding Sealer should be applied according to label directions. After the Minwax® Professional Formula Sanding Sealer has dried it must be sanded. Then Polyurethane for Floors can be applied.

Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors looks darker than Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane does in the can. Will this color be the color that ends up on the floor?

The darker color in the can is caused by certain key ingredients that give Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors a faster dry-time and better dispersed flattener. These special ingredients impart a darker color to the product in the can but do not impact the product's color on the floor.

Do floors that have been power sanded require special treatment?

If a floor has been freshly sanded with a power floor sander, it may absorb more finish than a piece of wood lightly sanded by hand. Because of this, plus the wear a floor usually takes, three coats of Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors are often needed.

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