Polyurethane is so durable and water-resistant, it has largely replaced shellac and varnish as a wood finish. After you apply poly to the wood the absorbency basically goes down to zero. To me it is more like paint. I my opion thats the best way to get good results. I was a bit skeptical that the PolyShades would result in a consistent color over the different tones without sanding, but I was going to give it a go anyway! I like to spray it and have my best results like this. Reply. It is especially good for woods that splotch when you apply stains. I use a brush to put it on cause the cloth doesn't seem to apply very well and then I let it stand for about 5 mins. Even if you simply want to change the tone of your colour (e.g. Waited for it to dry at least 8 hours, on the can it says 2-3 hours. Once sanded, stained wood trim accepts new layers of paint easily. When I get the look I want I apply clear poly over the top for more protection. Originally, it had to be brushed on, but different formulations mean it can now be applied as a spray or by wiping it on with a rag. You can tone the stairs a bit if you have the right equipment, which might not be feasible. Repeated 4 times. make it more red or brown) without darkening it, PolyShades® can help. The more you apply the more color you get. As always, test in an inconspicuous area first to make sure it looks the way you want it to. But over time, the stain can seep through the paint.The discoloration is most pronounced if you are using white paint or a very light-colored paint.With the right prep work, you can cover even the darkest stained wood with a crisp white finish. I have used polyshades. Then sanded using 600 grit and wipe down with tack cloth. If I were you I wouldn’t use it. However, if you wish to lighten the colour, it is not as simple as applying a light colour of PolyShades® over it — you will need to strip the existing finish first. Save Share. thinning polyshades. A: Since PolyShades ® has the stain colour suspended in the clear topcoat, if you aren't careful, any drips, runs or unevenness can show up in the final result. Q: How can I apply PolyShades ® evenly? How can I apply PolyShades ® evenly? Wipe away the dust with a damp rag and apply your finish. J. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 8 of 8 Posts. Or you can use one of … I have used the bombay mahagony and the problem I find is it bloches easily and you will get one spot that has polyurithane and another spot that doesn’t have any. It is good on some woods. It can be tough to work with - mix thoroughly & I mean very thoroughly before applying You should also test in an inconspicuous spot, as the color will vary based on the wood and how porous certain areas are - if you have blotchiness you should coat first with a stain prep (especially a big issue on pine & other soft woods. As you can see, the finish on the chair when I started was pretty bad: lots of scratches, dings and roughed up edges with a pretty wide color variation across the whole piece. For each coat of the poly my process was: wipe on with foam brush, wait 5-10 mins then wipe down with tack cloth. So if I were you I wouldn’t use it try the old fashion way stain it then put polyurithane on it. Bethany from Madeline Jean Antiques & Restoration shows you how easy applying polycrylic can be over painted furniture. "Wood conditioner" reduces the ability of wood to absorb stain, that's how it fixes blotching, but overall it quite significantly changes how dark it can get from any given stain colour. You'd actually be in a pickle here even if you'd only "conditioned" the wood. then wipe down with a cloth and it was working but if it was thinner I think a cloth would be my choice of application. To make sure it looks the way you want it to trim accepts new layers of paint easily to at. 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