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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 05:36 PM

Just to add one more point the exact ratio, as Charlie has said, is not important. And you can use paint thinner, mineral spirits or lacquer thinner. I generally use mineral spirits and cut it to 50:50. I usually have to put on 6 to 8 coats to get the build I like and lightly sanding between each coat. The advantage of mineral spirits is that it takes a little longer to evaporate whereas lacquer thinner will flash off faster. This gives less time for dust nibs to get into the finish but I just happen to like the longer “open” time that mineral spirits gives so that the finish has more time to level out.

I agree with you about the water based product. It has come a long way since it was first introduced but it still is not up to par with the oil based product. Water base poly imparts a bluish tint to the topcoat, which has a rather “cold” appearance. Oil poly gives it an amber color which “warms” up the finish.

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