Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish

Protect interior wood projects like woodwork, furniture and more, and add natural beauty with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. The crystal clear top coat dries and stays clear, and protects against scratches, scuffs and blemishes to protect the wood surface beneath. It’s ideal for use over all Minwax Oil-Based and Water-Based Stains and colors and all wood species including light woods like maple, ash & birch. Ultra-fast-drying protective coating allows for quick recoats after 2 hours. Easy to clean-up the clear wood finish with soap & water.


  • Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish protects and adds beauty to interior wood projects, including woodwork, furniture, doors and cabinets
  • Clear top coat protects against scratches, spills, dirt and more
  • Crystal clear finish ideal for use over all Minwax Oil-Based and Water-Based Stains and colors
  • For use on all wood species including light woods like maple, ash and birch
  • For use on all wood species including light woods like maple, ash and birch
  • Water-based wood finish allows for easy soap and water clean-up
  • Non-yellowing, non-ambering and low odor

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Application Directions

  • Preparation 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.
  • PREPARATION
    • Surface must be dry and free of wax, grease, polish, old finishes in poor condition or any foreign matter.
    • Sand to a smooth, uniform surface. DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL. Remove dust with a damp cloth. Let dry completely.
    • If desired, apply stain such as Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain or Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain to bare wood surfaces following label directions. Wait at least 24 hours before applying Polycrylic™ Finish over Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain.
  • APPLICATION
    • Stir well before and regularly during use. DO NOT SHAKE. FINISH APPEARS MILKY IN CAN, BUT DRIES CRYSTAL CLEAR.
    • Apply a thin coat of Polycrylic® Finish with a high-quality, synthetic bristle brush. Apply in the direction of the wood grain. Do not overbrush.
    • 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.
    • Apply a second coat. For additional coats, repeat Step 6 before applying. Three coats are recommended.
    • After final coat, allow 3 hours before light handling and 24 hours before normal use.
    • Special Instructions: Polycrylic Finish should not be applied over red mahogany stains. Instead, use Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane or Minwax® Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane over any red mahogany stain.
    • Special Instructions: Polycrylic Finish 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® Ultimate Floor Finish for maximum durability.
  • CAUTIONS
    CAUTIONS: CONTAINS ALKYL PROPANOLS, ETHYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCOL ETHERS AND 1-METHYL-2-PYRROLIDINONE. CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT MAY CAUSE ADVERSE REPRODUCTIVE EFFECTS AND MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT THE DEVELOPING FETUS BASED ON ANIMAL DATA. 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. CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236. Contact a physician for more health information.

Data Sheets:

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