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#1 posted 03-04-2012 02:22 PM

Try wipe on poly and don’ t forget that the most important step with wipe on poly is the wipe off. Apply the wipe on poly (I use a foam brush) and then, almost immediately wipe it off (I use lint-free paper towels). You’ll be leaving a thin layer behind – but that is what you want.

I sand lightly between coats with 400 grit paper and/or 00 steel wool.

If I start with bare wood, I usually apply between 5 and 8 coats to get the finish I want.

Also – I think MinWax’s glossy wipe on poly is too glossy and the satin is too dull. I mix them 50/50. Only mix up what you will be using in the next few days. Once mixed, they have a short shelf life.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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