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#1 posted 02-06-2010 01:31 AM

Likes the wipe-on polyurethane. I’ll use the minwax ready made stuff if I am in a hurry. If not, I’ll mix up a 50/50 mix of quick drying polyurethane and mineral spirits (a gallon of each), pour them into canning jars with lids, and I have 2 gallons ready to go. Wipe on finishes is a little more time consuming, but it is error free; no runs, no sags, no drips, no errors.

About two years ago I accidently bought 4 gallons of JE Moser’s water based lacquer at the school (missed a digit on the order form). Instead of sending it back, I tried it. Much to my surprise, I really liked it, and have continued to buy it to this day. It dries almost as fast as lacquer, and it takes soap and water to clean out the gun. It’ll raises the grain a little when you apply the first coat, but you lightly sand it down (I like to use 600 grit to knock it down!), and it finishes great!

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