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Minwax® PolyShades® Aerosol

Minwax® PolyShades® Aerosol

Minwax® PolyShades® Aerosol combines beautiful stain and polyurethane in one simple step, providing rich color and lasting protection while enhancing the wood grain. Minwax® PolyShades® Aerosol also allows you to easily change the color of your currently stained or varnished wood without stripping.


Product Details

Sheens: Gloss, Satin
Application Tool: aerosol
Location: interior wood surfaces, except floors
Recoat: after 6 hours
Dry time: 6 hours
Cleanup: mineral spirits
Coverage: 10-12 square feet per can
Coats: 2 recommended, additional coats may be applied for deeper color
Recommended Uses: furniture, woodwork, cabinets, doors and accessories

FAQ

Q. How is the new PolyShades® aerosol different from regular PolyShades® in a round can?

PolyShades® aerosol combines rich color and long-lasting polyurethane protection you expect from PolyShades®, and it offers these benefits in an easy-to-use spray format. There are no brushes to clean and no need to worry about brush marks. PolyShades® aerosol is ideal for working on hard-to-reach areas of your project or any time brush application may be difficult.

Q. Can I use PolyShades aerosol on a vertical surface?

Yes, PolyShades® aerosol has been tested specifically for vertical application and is designed to minimize runs on a vertical surface. If a run occurs, use a clean brush to blend it in with the rest of the finish before it starts setting.

Q. How many coats of PolyShades® aerosol do I need?

It depends on the color intensity you want, but you would need at least two coats. The first coat is very light. Its purpose is to seal the wood, not to achieve complete color coverage or intensity. After the wood is sealed, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply another coat. If you are satisfied with the color, this is it. If a deeper color is desired, let the PolyShades® dry for 6 hours before applying additional coats.

Q. Do I need to use a pre-stain conditioner on woods that tend to stain unevenly?

PolyShades® aerosol is applied directly to wood, so no pre-stain conditioner is needed. The first coat of PolyShades® aerosol lightly seals the wood, acting as a "primer" for the second coat.

Q. Are the aerosol colors different from the regular PolyShades® colors?

PolyShades® aerosol is available in 6 colors, which match their corresponding colors in the PolyShades® line. For example, PolyShades® aerosol in Mission Oak will produce the same color results as Mission Oak in a round PolyShades® can.

Q. Can I apply PolyShades® aerosol over an existing finish?

Yes, as long as the existing finish is stain or polyurethane. Make sure you lightly sand the existing finish with #220 sandpaper before applying PolyShades® aerosol.

Q. What do I do if the nozzle gets clogged and I can't get any color out?

Turn the can upside down and spray until only clear gas comes out. This will clear the valve. You can also clean the spray button's opening by wiping it off with lacquer thinner.

Q. Can PolyShades® aerosol be used on floors?

No, PolyShades® aerosol is not recommended for use on floors.

Q. Can I apply a clear protective finish over the last coat of PolyShades® aerosol?

Yes. We recommend Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane aerosol or Minwax® Wipe-on Poly for added protection without adding color.

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 on to www.epa.gov/lead.

SURFACE PREPARATION:

  • Surface must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease and glue before starting.
  • For stripped, unstained or raw wood: sand in the direction of grain with fine-grade sandpaper (#220) until smooth.
  • For previously stained wood that is not being stripped: sand lightly to ensure adhesion.
  • Remove all sanding dust.

PRODUCT PREPARATION AND COLOR TESTING:

  • Shake can vigorously for 2 minutes. Shake for 10 seconds occasionally during use.
  • Always test on a scrap piece or hidden area to verify color. Practice spraying on a sample board before moving on to your project.
  • Protect adjacent areas from overspray.

APPLICATION:

  • Hold can 8"-10" from surface. Depress button fully and spray in an even sweeping motion. Always begin and end each pass off the surface to prevent blotches.
  • Apply a THIN coat to lightly seal the wood. Do not attempt to achieve complete color coverage with this first light coat. Wait 5-10 minutes before applying the next coat. Be careful not to overapply to avoid runs and sags.
  • To deepen the color, allow PolyShades® to dry at least 6 hours (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, and inadequate ventilation or if the coat applied is too thick). Rub surface lightly with fine steel wool (grade 000 and finer), remove all dust, and apply the next coat. Repeat if necessary.
  • After final coat, allow 24 hours before normal use.
  • For additional protection without adding color, add a coat of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Wipe-on Poly following label directions.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Keep even distance from surface while spraying.
  • If a run occurs, brush it out with a clean bristle brush immediately. Do not attempt to wipe it off with a rag.
  • Work outside or in a well ventilated area. Remove overspray with mineral spirits following manufacturer's safety instructions.

NOZZLE CARE:

  • After each use, clear valve by holding can upside down and spraying until only clear gas comes out.
  • If spray button becomes clogged, wear eye protection, wipe off the button opening with lacquer thinner. DO NOT stick pins or wire into can opening.

Colors

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.

pecan
Pecan
Antique Walnut
Antique Walnut
Classic Oak
Classic Oak
Mission Oak
Mission Oak
Classic Black
Classic Black
Bombay Mahogany
Bombay Mahogany

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