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04:09AM | 03/04/04
Member Since: 10/05/03
7 lifetime posts
Hi, I have 14 year old builder grade oak kitchen cabinets. They look so...BLAH. I wanted to spruce them up a bit. Can I use the one step wood it just a matter of applying a few coats right onto the cabinets? I'm not looking to change the cabinet color altogether...perhaps just make it a shade darker. Minwax makes a product called 'Minwax Polyshades' that claims you could apply it right over your existing finish without stripping first. Has anyone used this before...if so, how'd it go?




06:21PM | 03/04/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Polyshades is a gimmick product that has real practical application anywhere.

It is a mixture of stain and polyurethane than usually leaves a streaked and blotchy finish under all circumstances.

Only the most uninitiated DIYers get sucked into this product...and something like this should never be applied directly over an old finish.



04:36PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Ive never tried it,only thing I can add is buy a quart and try it on some other old stained wood 1st that you don't need or care about.To see for yourself.


12:01PM | 04/01/04
Member Since: 03/27/04
7 lifetime posts
i too would like to know how or what i can do to spruce up my ole oak cabnets.

if anyone knows please pass it along.



05:33PM | 02/09/13
I have used Polyshades on my entry steps. It has been down for over 1 year and everyone that sees them thinks they look great.
My son did all the prep work. I am going to use it on my kitchen cabinets this year. (hoping for the time) I 1st suggest cleaning with TSP mixture then lightly sand. Follow the directions on the MinWax Polyshades and use a foam brush. It will not leave lines. On my steps I used 3 coats of Polyshades and 3 coats of urethane. I won't get that crazy on my cabinets but I don't walk on them. Maybe 1 coat of Polyshades (depending on the depth of color,I will try on the inside of the door 1st) and 2or 3 coats of urethane.

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