Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish

Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish is a crystal clear, fast-drying protective topcoat for use over bare wood, oil- and water-based stains, paint and wallpaper. It has very little odor, is non-flammable, cleans up easily with soap and water, and can be recoated in only 2 hours.

Herein, is Polycrylic waterproof?

Polycrylic Overview Polycrylic is water based protective coat. It is available in high gloss and satin finishes. It can be applied with a spray bottle or roller. It offers protection of wood along with faster drying times.

One may also ask, what is the best way to apply Polycrylic? Here are a few tips to apply polycrylic without having brush strokes on your wood piece:

  1. Don't shake the can of polycrylic – this will produce bubbles, which can lead to brush strokes.
  2. ?Thin the polycrylic a bit by adding water and stirring.
  3. Apply the poly with a small foam roller instead of a brush.
  4. Apply very slowly.

Subsequently, question is, how long does Polycrylic take to cure?

At least 3 coats are recommended. If unable to recoat within 1½ hours, wait at least 72 hours then lightly sand and recoat. Polycrylic™ dries to the touch in 30 minutes and can be handled after 1 hour. After final coat, allow 24 hours before normal use.

Can I spray Polycrylic?

Polycrylic is water soluble, nonflammable and odor free. It is environmentally friendly, and you can use it indoors. Uncured polycrylic cleans up with soap and water. The answer to whether you can apply Polycrylic by spraying is yes and no.

Related Question Answers

Does Polycrylic turn yellow?

* Polycrylic is WATER-clear Poly, & can't “yellow“. Water-based poly's are completely clear.

Is Polycrylic a sealer?

Polycrylic is a handy water-based sealer or protective coat that will be useful for a variety of applications for DIYers and woodworkers. And it comes in various finishes such as satin and gloss. When using water-based stain for your wood pieces, polycrylic will be a much better option than the oil-based polyurethane.

Why is my Polycrylic cracking?

The wide cracks appear as the coating is drying and happens when it is applied too heavily or the solvents flash off too quickly. The cure for this type of cracking is to sand it back and re-coat as soon as it's dry enough.

How do you remove yellow from Polycrylic?

To solve the yellowing, when the Polycrylic is just tacky (almost dry) spray a light mist of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and wipe off with a clean cloth. The yellow will wipe off leaving the finish clear. The yellow will not return when the Polycrilic dries. Use a non yellowing polyurethane to prevent this.

How do you keep bubbles out of Polycrylic?

Sand the surface lightly with 80 or 100-grit sandpaper and tack the dust off before reapplying the Polycrylic. Sand away bubbles in a dry finish. Sand the bubbles away in a finish that has dried. Using 60 or 80-grit sandpaper remove the problem bubbles by carefully sanding with a floating sandpaper technique.

Can you paint over Polycrylic without sanding?

If it was finished with a Minwax Polycrylic, don't try to paint over it with anything oil based. Doing so will cause the paint to peel. Polycrylic is water based which means you need to repaint the piece with a water-based paint, such as acrylic paint.

Is Polycrylic good for outdoor use?

It's also more tolerant of water, making it the best choice for outdoor furniture or other wooden objects likely to encounter moisture. Polycrylic is a water-based product that is far less smelly and toxic than either type of polyurethane, making it easier to work with.

Can you use a roller for Polycrylic?

Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish

Next, keep in mind that this is the roll-on variety, so you need to use a brush or roller to apply it to wood, just like you would with paint or varnish. For this reason, this particular product is best used for larger projects and for flat pieces of wood.

When can I apply Polycrylic after painting?

Re: How long do I wait before applying Polycrylic

I would say it's long enough. My rule of thumb is a minimum dry time of 24 hours after last coat of paint before applying the first coat of poly. Water Based/Latex paint does take ~21-30 days to fully cure but cure and dry are two different things.

Is Minwax Polycrylic Food Safe?

According to finishing expert Bob Flexner, all finishes are foodsafe once they have cured. Polyurethane varnish does not present any known hazard. However, no finish is food safe until it has fully cured. The rule of thumb for full curing is 30 days at room temperature (65- to 75- degrees F).

What is Polycrylic made of?

The term “polycrylic,” in contrast, refers to the paint finish itself, made from polyurethane and polyacrylates, liquid compounds made from molecules derived from acrylic and methacrylic acid. This chemical composition lets polycrylic protect wooden surfaces from solvents and water.

Does Polycrylic come in a matte finish?

Minwax Polycrylic Matte, 1 qt: Crystal clear finish is ideal for use over light woods like maple, ash and birch as well as over Minwax Water Based Wood Stains. Dries quickly. Cleans up easily with warm water.

Can you use Polycrylic over wax?

Black Wax over Polycrylic Top Coat – Yes you can use both!

How do you apply polyurethane to painted furniture?

How to Apply Polyurethane Over Paint
  1. Step 1: Wash the painted surface. If the paint isn't fresh, wash off grease or stains with a strong detergent solution.
  2. Step 2: Scuff the surface. Let the paint dry, then scuff with 120-grit sandpaper to etch the surface.
  3. Step 3: Choose your applicator.
  4. Step 4: Apply one coat, then scuff.
  5. Step 5: Apply a second coat.

What do you thin Polycrylic with?

Here are the tips: If the product is thick, thin it about 10% with water and stir. Never shake a top coat product because it produces bubbles. Apply it with a tight foam roller SLOWLY. Allow it to dry and sand with very fine sand paper.

Can I dilute Polycrylic with water?

Cliff, you can only thin it very slightly with water. Water borne finishes are not like oil based, shellac or lacquers as they are a suspension. If you thin too much, you'll change the properties of the finish with bad results. If you're finishing large areas, you're better off spraying these products.

What is Polycrylic spray?

Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish is a crystal clear, ultra fast-drying protective topcoat. Protects and adds beauty to interior wood surfaces including woodwork, furniture, doors and cabinets.

Is Polycrylic spray good?

It is environmentally friendly, and you can use it indoors. Uncured polycrylic cleans up with soap and water. However, once dry it is impervious to water, becoming a durable clear finish. The answer to whether you can apply Polycrylic by spraying is yes and no.