Waterbased Poly, What am I doing wrong?

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Forum topic by ric53 posted 06-10-2015 12:30 AM 556 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2015 12:30 AM

I normally use Velvet Oil and top it with several coats of wipe on poly but when I want to retain as much of a white color as possible I’ll use a water based poly. The problem is, no mater what I use to apply it with I can’t get it to flatten out. I either get brush strokes or streaking if I use a foam applicator. I am careful not to over brush and I have used just about every brush out there to eliminate the strokes. I am wondering if anybody has any suggestions on how to solve this issue. The next time I do this I think I might use a thinned shellac. If I go that route can I thin the shellac and wipe on as with the oil based wipe on’s? Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 02:11 AM

Try applying the finish with a boars hair brush. To eliminate brush strokes hold the brush at 90 degrees (straight up and down) With just the tip of the brush touching the work piece.

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 02:29 AM

For waterborne polyurethane you have to use a synthetic brush. Keep the brush wet as you work. Also consider spraying it. I’ve had good luck using rattle can Minwax.
Good luck!

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 02:49 AM

I never get brush strokes when I spray, just sayin. No help at all for brushing, sorry

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 02:50 AM

The answer to your shellac question is yes: I cut Zinsser Bullseye Shellac 1:1 and wipe/rub it on. It dries almost instantly. Don’t try to lay on a thick coat. Black Cherry has a good blog on rubbing on shellac that has worked very well for me.

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