Two recurring frustrations with Minwax:
1) I always have a difficult time getting an acceptable finish with Minwax polyurethane right out of the can. It seems that every time i use it, i have to thin it some or i have a tremendous amount of work between coats to get it smooth.
2) Their metal in their quart cans is too thin. The last 3 times i've purchased Minwax in the small cans, i wind up mangling either the lid or the trough around the perimeter that the lid sits in. The metal is so thin that the lid tends to bend and the trough bends up just trying to lift the lid off with a standard opener. I'm working it around the perimeter, not simply trying to pry the lid off in one quick motion. I'm being quite careful, but, again, the metal seems too flimsey. Then, the can won't seal properly when i need to close it. I don't have this problem with other cans - just theirs.
To top it off, i called them to recommend they use thicker metal on their small cans, and they immediately started talking to me like i was metally challenged. It was all my fault. No other complaints at all. Must be me.
I don't discount that i may be doing something wrong - i'm open to input.
I'm no brain surgeon, but their response put me off.
Sorry for the rant, but i'd really like suggestions on other poly products that any of you may like using. I've been getting the Minwax because it's conveniently on the shelves of the big orange store in my neighborhood, but i think i'd like to try some of their competition.
Any suggestions either on how to use their product more successfully or on other brands to try???
Thanks in advance.