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Posted on Wipe on Poly frustration,Help!!

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 12:38 AM

I dont believe the product you are using has anything to do with the problem. The fact that you have dull and shiny streaks suggests to me that your final sanding is not consistant across the top, or you sanded through some sections of finish. Are you sanding by hand or machine? If by hand, the dull streaks are from where you were pushing down harder than on the shiny streaks. This is the hardest part of rubbing out a high gloss to a satin sheen. You are trying to get a consistent scratch pattern in the finish to distort light rays.

I personally like to apply homade wipe on poly (60% MO 40% Poly) and on the final coat I use full strength to get a good thick “film” of finish on the wood.

Try rubbing out the final coat with 0000 steel wool. Also, a desk lamp laid on its side will help to guide you on where you are.

Good luck and don’t get discouraged, in the end you will only be a better woodworker.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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