Here is one of my latest ‘Just Ask Bruce’ videos where I explain how to pick the right Minwax® clear protective finish for your project. Watch as I demonstrate a variety of clear finishes including Fast-Drying Polyurethane, Polycrylic® Protective Finish, Wipe-On Poly & Helmsman® Spar Urethane.
I was asked which protective finish was best for a beginner’s DIY project. There are a few different options to choose from when sealing wood, but it’s important to note that every wood project needs a clear protective finish, whether or not the wood has been stained. A clear finish not only protects the wood, but also keeps it looking great through years of wear and tear.
Fast-Drying Polyurethane is a good choice for most projects that need a simple finish. Wipe-On Poly is great for applying quick coats without the need for a brush. If your wood will be exposed to the elements outdoors, use Helmsman Spar Urethane, which blocks sunlight, water, and temperature changes.
Keep in mind that most clear finishes add a slight amber tint to the wood. If you need a true clear coat, try Minwax Polycrylic, a clear, water-based finish for fast drying and easy cleanup.
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