SADDLE RIVER, NEW JERSEY -- Been in renovations since early 1980's, had always used Minwax products. Put in a new floor, yellow pine hardwood 6" plank, stain with Minwax stain, 2 coats of Minwax Fast Dry Poly. After 5 days had to call Minwax due to the Poly not drying but also producing a gas off that was intense. Minwax immediately said they would refund my money. I said "No. How do I fix it?" They said put a bag of charcoal in the room, open of course.
I humored them and called back 5 days later same problem. They said they can only refund my money - second time they offered, so they know the product is bad. This time I took the refund. The tech then told me the only way to fix this was to resand with no guarantee or put in new floor!!! What kind of crazy nonsense is this? 500 square feet of ruined floor.
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.