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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 10:59 PM

With questions like you are posting my general advice is to try your finishing routine out on some scrap pieces first to see if this will give you the look you are after.

With regards to the wipe on poly save yourself some money and mix up your own. Take some gloss poly, whatever you available, and cut it in half with mineral spirits. It will store much longer than straight poly before skimming over.

As far as application goes, putting on a straight coat first does build the finish faster but the wipe on product dries quick enough that you can apply multiple coats during a normal day so I find that I can build my finish just as fast using only wipe on. For application I generally use shop paper towels. They are cheap, disposable and do not shed lint like I found wiping cloths do.

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