As I have been going through this finishing job oh these bookshelves I have been really looking at my finishing process and asking a lot of questions. So, last night I got home from work and went to the shop to put on another coat of polyurethane. I have been wiping the poly on with a rag and I have not been pleased with the results. There was lots of dust in the finish, and where the finish was being wiped on unevenly I was getting streaks no matter how hard I tried.
So, I step into the shop last night and laying right in front of me was a foam brush. Since I was still a few coats away from being totally finished I decided to try something new. I mixed up the wipe-on finish just as I have been for several days (8 oz of mineral spirits and 16 oz of polyurethane). Then I took the foam brush and applied the polyurethane to every piece of the project.
All I can say is WOW, WHY DID I NOT DO THIS SOONER? Once dried there was nowhere near the original amount of dust in the finish. The dust I was getting was coming from the rag, not the shop. I have been so pleased with the results.
I just applied another coat that way this afternoon. This is going good now.
Now, I am getting to where I am enjoying this finish job.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA