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. Selected 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 pattern.
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 peeled up, so comes poly. UGH, Resand 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 cannot count on this company to provide consistent quality product.