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Posted on Wipe on Poly frustration,Help!!

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 03:36 PM

I have used Minwax wipe on poly on all my non cuttingboard projects. And plan to use it on a bar top that I am planning this winter. In doing some research I found Charles Neil on youtube. Excellent videos…specifically this video on rubbing out a finish. I suggest watching it.)

In my experience with Poly…which is comparatively little, I have found that I need to be at 800 grit or higher for the final sanding to keep the surface uniform. I use 400 for the first few coats then 800 before the last coat. I’m in a home/garage shop so realistically, in my mind, I am never going to get 100% dust-nub free. A trick that I learned here on LJ was to use a piece of a brown paper grocery bag, after the last coat is well dried, to get a smooth feel to the final coat. It knocks the nubs off, doesn’t reduce the sheen and is safe to do after the final coat. I don’t use a block or anything, just a scrap of paperbag around my fingers. I find that it works very well.

After watching the Charles Neil video I would venture that you might be OK, as CharlieM1958 suggests, to rub out the current finish a bit more and end up with the desired sheen without having to sand back to bare wood.

Good luck on the repair job.


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