How long to cure Wipe on poly before using polish?

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Blog entry by studie posted 1525 days ago 3386 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have at least 8 coats of wipe on poly on this Log coffee table and it has some light streaks and or some light dust in the finish. It has cured about a week & I want to use some fine buffing compound to make it look better. I have some #3 compound for car finish that wont scratch & then plan to wax after that. I remember some say to wait for a month but I don,t want to wait that long, but don’t want to ruin the finish either. Can any of My fine friends here dig into your warehouse of information & give some advice? Thanks in advance!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 1525 days ago

I have waxed and buffed minwax wipe on poly after about 3 days. It comes out just fine.

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#2 posted 1525 days ago

Thanks guys, I may just skip the wax for now & go to polish the top. I’m anxious to get this thing done. I like to wax for that final sweet sheen on top of a satin finish be it poly or teak oil (which is essentially oil & poly). In the past I used a satin top coat but found many streaks with every coat. They seemed to be from inconsistent brushing so I then just used gloss formula & then used a rubbing compound to make the final coat more like a satin finish. I wish I would have just used a gloss on this from the beginning but like wipe on poly so am learning it all over again!

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 1524 days ago

Wait a week then to remove nibs and an uneven gloss finish, I go over it with 1500 grit wet paper, then rubbing compound, then polishing compound using water as a lubricant, this is done quickly and lightly, then wax.

-- Tom D

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