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Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish pine stairs?

Posted by aubade (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 29, 09 at 9:51

Hi - I'm doing a DIY project, to stain/varnish pine stairs built by a carpenter earlier this year.

I've already put two coats of stain on and it looks nice. The carpenter told me to use Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish it, but I noticed on the back it says not recommended for floors. I am not sure why he said to use this one specifically.

Should I use the Miniwax Super Fast-drying polyurethane for floors instead, as the instructions say on the back? Or stick with the Spar Urethane?

Any advice is appreciated! I can't get a hold of the carpenter and I'd really like to finish this asap.


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RE: Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish pine stairs?

Phew! I just got a hold of the carpenter and good thing I asked! He said it was the wrong type - I should go with the poly for floors, not the spar. Wow, so glad I only did a test patch 1st.


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RE: Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish pine stairs?

I used MinWax Floor Polyurethane(get it at Sherwin Williams stores to be certain of freshness) on my entire house hardwood floors.

Good stuff.


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