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PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant

Minwax® PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant


Minwax® PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant provides rich wood color and long lasting polyurethane protection, while enhancing the wood grain, in one simple step.

  • Minwax® PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant will reduce finishing time as compared with staining with one product and protecting with another.
  • To learn how PolyShades® can help you easily change the color of your stained or polyurethane finished wood, view PolyShades® Color Transformation Guide.

Product Details

Sheens: satin and gloss
Application Tool: high-quality natural bristle brush
Location: interior wood surfaces
Recoat: after 8 hours
Dry Time: 8 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits
Coverage: 120-150 sq. ft. per quart
Coats: 2 coats are recommended. To deepen the color, apply a third coat.
VOC Content: Maximum VOC of 275 g/L
Recommended Uses: furniture, woodwork, doors, cabinets, accessories
Availability: currently available in California

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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.

Surface Preparation:

  • Sand raw wood smooth. Sand old finishes lightly to aid adhesion. Remove all sanding dust.
  • Surface must be dry and free from wax, grease, and dust. Do not use over paint, lacquer, shellac, polishes or products containing stearates.
  • Pretreat raw soft or porous woods, such as pine and alder, with Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This will help the wood absorb the stain color more evenly. Apply stain within two hours of pretreatment.

Stain Application:

  • Special Note: This product has been formulated to comply with environmental regulations that limit VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content to 275 grams per liter. It contains higher concentrations of quality resins that lead to a thicker consistency. Be sure to follow label directions carefully, especially as it pertains to application and coverage rate.
  • Stir well before and occasionally during use.
  • Test stain on a hidden area to verify desired color.
  • Two coats are recommended for maximum beauty and protection.
  • Brush on a THIN, EVEN COAT in the direction of the grain. Be sure to maintain a wet edge.
  • Let dry 8 hours or more, then rub surface with fine steel wool (grade 000 and finer). Remove all dust.
  • Brush on a second THIN coat.
  • You may apply more than two coats if you want to deepen the color.
  • Drying time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, inadequate ventilation or if the coat applied is too thick.

COVERAGE: Approximately 120-150 square feet per quart.

CLEANUP: Use mineral spirits or paint thinner.


The colors shown are for reference purposes only. They have been reproduced using digital production techniques. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color.

To learn how PolyShades® can help you easily change the color of your stained or polyurethane finished wood, view the PolyShades® Color Transformation Guide.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage of PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant?

PolyShades® 275 VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Compliant combines stain for beautiful color with polyurethane for tough protection in one product. It is an ideal choice for those who want to save the time involved in staining with one product and protecting with another.

Should Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner be used as a pretreatment prior to PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant?

Yes, if the wood being stained is soft or porous. Soft or porous woods, such as pine or aspen, tend to absorb stain unevenly. Before using PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant on soft or porous woods, Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner should be applied to ensure even stain penetration.

Can PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant be applied over an existing finish?

Yes, as long as the previous finish is not lacquer or shellac. Be sure to test the selected color on a hidden spot to see how it will look over the original finish. To prepare the surface, make sure that the finish is clean and has had all wax and polish removed. Then lightly sand with #180 or #220 sandpaper. The surface is now ready to be coated with PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant.

Can Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Wipe-On Poly be applied over PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant?

Yes. Since PolyShades® contains polyurethane, additional protection, without added color, can be provided with a clear coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Wipe-On Poly over the last coat of PolyShades®.

Can PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant be used on floors?

PolyShades® 275 VOC Compliant is not recommended for use on floors. Instead, stain with Minwax® Wood Finish™ and protect with Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors or Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

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