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Cedar Strip Canoe Build # 49 Trying The Wiping Of The Poly

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Blog entry by farmerdude posted 03-24-2016 09:32 PM 1011 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just checking in quickly today. Things have come up and I didn’t get into the shop for a couple of days. I had a few hours this afternoon, so I went out and started a fire. It was 40 degrees in the shop, so it only took an hour or so to get it high enough to wipe on another coat of poly. If you remember from the last update I am trying this on the advice of another lumberjock. I’m liking it so far. If I read his comment correctly, he is suggesting that I wipe on the second coat rather than brush it. Of course, I can’t help but try wiping the whole thing. I had sanded the fiberglass, and instead of brushing the first coat I’m wiping the whole thing. It’s coming along well I guess. Here is a picture of the first coat wiped on.

It looks kind of like a satin finish. It feels a little rough to the touch, so I need to do something before I put on another. I remember long ago my uncle finishing a project with shellac, between coats he always rubbed it down with a brown paper bag. He said all he wanted to do was knock off the high spots. It always looked great, so it’s good enough for me. I used a big grocery bag cut in half.

And here it is when the job is done. You can see it took a beating.

When it’s been thoroughly rubbed it still looks the same as before you started.

It may look the same, but it’s really smooth, and ready for another coat. In this next picture I have been down the middle with this coat of poly. I did the left side, the right side is still dry. It really doesn’t look much different.

Here it is all done.

As you can see it is getting a little shiny. I suppose that could be because it’s still wet. I’ll know better tomorrow. I know it will take a lot more coats wiping to get the coverage I want. If it takes too long I will brush on a good thick coat, then sand out the brush marks and finish with the wiping. I do like the wiping a lot more because as he stated, the dust is not a problem, so I want to finish it that way. So here is where we are, I will probably need three or four more coats if I continue wiping it on. I have to let it dry between (it’s good that it dries quicker). When it’s finally done I want to take it outside for some better pictures. There’s no hurry now because it’s supposed to snow some, then freezing rain, and general crappiness for a couple of days. I will do coats as quickly as possible, when a canoe is at this stage I get anxious to see the finished product. It will probably take a few days to complete. As usual, I will update when I get enough done. Hopefully by the first of the week, see you then.

-- Jeff in central Me.



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 10:38 PM

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” I will do coats as quickly as possible, when a canoe is at this stage I get anxious to see the finished product.”
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I hear you! We want to see the finished product too !

Looks good !

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 12:07 AM

Finishing guru, Bob Flexner, talks about using a brown paper bag in his books.

The brown paper bag will cut off, and smooth out the dust nibs on the final coat of varnish, without changing the sheen.

After reading that, I had to try it out for myself—and it really works. Dust nibs are gone, finish is nice and smooth, and no change in the sheen.

-- Dean

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English

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 01:14 AM

Jeff,

I hand rubbed a dinning room table and it took 3 coats before it started to shine. I light sanded with 600 grit between coats. After 5 coats it looked awesome.

Hang in there. You are almost there. Thanks for the fun.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 03:03 AM

That is looking amazing. Looking forward to the next update. Great job buddy

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 06:17 PM

Thanks Joe, it shouldn’t be long now.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 03-25-2016 06:19 PM

Mean-Dean, it does work well.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#7 posted 03-25-2016 06:30 PM

English, thanks. I’ve got four on right now and it’s coming around. I suppose after this long there is no reason to hurry now.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 03-25-2016 06:35 PM

hoss, thanks buddy. I guess it won’t be long now.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#9 posted 03-26-2016 05:12 AM

It looks great Jeff. Wiping does take a couple extra coats but I think it keeps alot of problems from occuring. Never heard of the brown bag technique, I will definately be trying that. Seems like it would work great on the lathe. Thanks for posting, beautiful canoe!

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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#10 posted 03-26-2016 07:32 PM

Andy Smith, thanks, I think I’m now hooked on the wiping method. I did the whole outside this way and it looks great, and was a lot less trouble. Thanks again for the advice.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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