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.