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Minwax Sucks
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I could kick myself.

Having completed three projects in the past with great results, I did not hesitate to refinish the floors in my current home.

Seleted minwax stain and poly from the local Home Cheapo I applied the first coat of stain. Trouble from the start, BLOTCHY. After much effort I was able to achieve an acceptable color and patern.

First application of Minwax poly was challenging. Thicker than previously experienced, longer to dry, unusually difficult to feather.

Long story short, not happy with finish, resand floors.

Upon return to Home Cheapo, Minwax poly and stain is on clearance less than half off. LUCKY ME.

Disaster X 2. Floor stain and accept first coat of poly well, painters tape identifies small areas needing attention on third coat. Tape pealed up, so comes poly. UGH, Re-sand floors.

Return to Home Cheapo, all minwax products have been replaced. Third try a charm. Stain dries quickly, Poly on smooth and light as expected, done in two days.

Really, don't use Minwax. Go to local Sherwin Williams, local contractor or other source for stain and poly recommendations. You can not count on this company to provide consistent quality product.

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madconsumer on 09/08/2012:
this is not the fault of the home improvement store. they only sold the product. I use minwax products on all my projects that require stain and or top coatings. the product is consistent and performs equally if a full can or a partially used can.

there are many reasons why stain would be blotchy. improper preparation of the floor, oil or grease in areas, old surface coatings not removed, old wood.

painters tape comes in different stickiness. some for old paint, some for new paint, some for stains, and so on. painters tape is not guaranteed to not stick on all surfaces.
trmn8r on 09/08/2012:
Sounds like the complaint is that the product is not consistent in quality. I find it surprising as a consumer of Minwax Poly, but I haven't bought it in a few years.

You have more guts than I. After dabbling in carpeting, installing hardwood flooring and tile over the years, I decided the effort and back pain wasn't worth it.
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