Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Brand Name Winners

Q: I am under the impression that Watco will dry harder than Minwax wipe on poly. Is this true?

A: Minwax and Watco are both brand names. To compare, you must talk about the specific products involved, and both make many products. For instance, both make wipe on polyurethane finishes, and both are called Wipe on Poly. They also both make non-polyurethane wipe on finishes. Watco calls theirs Danish Oil; Minwax calls theirs Antique Oil Finish. The polyurethane version of either will offer more protection than the non-polyurethane version of either. As for which brand is better, that’s a matter of personal preference. I have my favorites, and I am sure others do as well.