Now I’m a little bit of a control freak when it comes to stain, and like to be able to adjust my stain as I go, so I normally turn to stain first, and then top coat when I’m absolutely happy with the stain color. With PolyShades®, you don’t have that option - it’s one step and you are done. So not necessarily the right product for every project, but when you just want a quick and easy stain for cabinet door organizers, maybe shelving or a closet system, this is the stuff!
For this project, it’s so small, I knew I’d have a terrible time sanding once it was built. So I sanded all of the boards before I put the project together, finishing with 220 grit fine sandpaper. Then I removed all sanding residue - this is crucial - we are putting the top coat on with the PolyShades®, so if there’s dust on the project … well it’s here to stay when the finish goes on.
With the project ready for stain, I mixed the PolyShades® up well. I also took a second to test a scrap piece of wood just to make sure the color took well. If the scrap appears blotchy, use Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner first.