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Worked fine for me
on July 30, 2013
I've never seen such terrible reviews for an item before on Amazon. I did a great amount of research before refinishing my oak floors. Even after reading the poor reviews, I decided to use this poly.
I sanded everything off of my floors with a drum sander, progressively using less abrasive sandpaper until I reached around 200 grit. After sweeping and vacuuming the floors thoroughly, I wiped the wood down with Mineral Spirits applied to a bathroom towel (my wife's). I then applied my first coats of poly using a lambs wool applicator pad and a broom stick. I then followed the dry times on the Minwax gallon jug to the "T". I did not have any drying issues at all from start to finish. I left all my windows open and outside temp was approximately 60 degrees F. Couldn't attest to the humidity, but fairly dry. I believe the instructions said to wait 12 hours before coats and to not wait longer (That may be incorrect specific information for it has been 3 months since the project was finished and I am just going off of memory). After the third coat I let the floor dry for around 24 hours and all was well. The instructions said to wait at least a week before putting heavy furniture or rugs/carpeting down. After the poly fully cured, it looked absolutely great!
I did not use any stains on my floors, just bare oak. Also, be very thorough when stirring the poly. This is a crucial step for there are many sediments and solids on the bottom. For example, I stirred nearly 5 minutes for each gallon, vigorously, to get it to what I thought was the right viscosity (a thick oil). This is where I believe many people have had problems with the product. As a side note, I am not a Minwax rep of any sort, so please don't take this review the wrong way, I'm just trying to help. If you have any questions I'll be more than happy to try to answer them.. Regards, Chris
The floor has fully hardened and is pretty much scratch free from nearly a year of regular abuse. There is an area where a computer chair with plastic wheels has marked the finish, but it is no where near going through to the wood. Good color, even finish, durable.. What's there to complain about?