Minwax Antique Oil Finish

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Minwax
Model:
Antique Oil Finish
Price:
$18

Description

Oil-based protective finish gives wood a soft, hand-rubbed lustre that is durable, easily maintained and highly resistant to staining. Recommended for interior wood surfaces such as cabinets, tables, paneling, doors and trim. * May be used over wood stains to protect and enhance the beauty of unfinished wood.
* Allow 5-10 minute dry time prior to buffing.
* Recoat after 24 hours.
* Two or three coats recommended.
* Apply with cloth or brush.
* Clean up with mineral spirits.
* Coverage: 125-150 square feet per quart.
* Quart.

WOOD magazine review

Possibly the easiest finish you'll ever try

Review Summary

If you like the look of oil finishes on your projects (no stains or dyes) followed by a durable topcoat, then this is the quickest, easiest way to achieve that. This finish is a blend of boiled linseed oil and varnish, so you get the benefits of both at the same time. On the first coat, the oil sinks in for warm, lustrous look that really amplifies figured wood. When that coat dries, sand lightly with 320 or 400 grit, just enough to knock down the roughness of the varnish.
Then follow with a second coat, which usually dries smoother than the first, but you might need to smooth it very lightly when dry. You can add another coat if you wish, but it's usually not needed, and if you do, switch to a straight varnish because the oil can no longer penetrate the film layer and soak into the wood. It usually dries to a glossy finish, so if that's not your desired look, apply another coat of a satin or semi-gloss varnish or polyurethane. The only "gripe" about this product is the container. The pour spout is in the center of the top, making it difficult to pour without a little spilling (especially when full), and even more difficult to pour excess finish back into the can from your application cup. A better designed container would be much appreciated.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

EASY TO APPLY AND LOOKS GREAT!

Review Summary

This is so easy to use, you just brush it on and you get the coloring of oil and the varnish to seal it, all together in one mix. I prefer the look of oil finishes to stains or dyes, and this one gives me that nice finished look without a lot of hassle. You have to rub it out between coats or you'll get a rough, scratchy texture. I usually put on two coats of this, and then if I need more top coat I switch to straight varnish.
I just wish Minwax would make this in a can that's better to pour from. They put the spout right in the center! And you can't help but get the stuff all over the top, and then when you go to use it again later, the lid gets stuck to the metal threads and the little paper seal in the cap won't come off.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Worth the price

Review Summary

I spray a waterborne finish on almost all of my furniture projects and use this product as a precursor. This gives the wood that warm coloring that oil imparts. This is the best I have found for this use. My problem is that it is not readily available. My home depots and lowes do not carry it and only one Ace hardware store does. It is not cheap but I deem it worth the price.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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