|Forum topic by AAANDRRREW||posted 12-29-2015 10:30 PM||595 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
12-29-2015 10:30 PM
Well that victory was short lived. My wife would like to chalk paint a pine entryway bench I built her. She did some research and found a poly she wanted to finish it with – it’s varathane water borne crystal clear poly, matte finish. I did some research and found you can’t really thin water based too too much. So I decided I better start practicing.
I am making a decorative plate holder as well. I painted it flat black with latex paint. I tried two methods (there are two pieces to the holder because it is not assembled yet. I tried wiping it on full strength and I tried using a foam brush. I cannot tell the difference in finish with either method yet. Anyway, I put a coat on. The wood grained raised as it cured. I hit it lightly with 220 sand paper, added another coat. Once cured, 220 again and another coat. Although the finish seems smooth (no nibs or crap in it) I cannot tell if the lines I see are the wood grain or brush marks. Also, I don’t know how I feel about the finish – I’ve never used matte poly before, nor have I used water borne much either. I have attached photos of the plate holder (yes, it’s kinda crude) with the light reflecting to see the lines. I also attached a photo of the poly she wants me to use. I am hoping someone will tell me that’s just the wood grain and as I continue to apply coats it will get smoother. Or maybe this is how it looked when you poly over paint. (Which I’ve never done before either)
So far, I’d have to say I was surprised wiping it vs foam brushing it yielded the same results, and I am pleased with how easy this stuff goes on and how quickly it dries – but I am not sure how I like the finish. I can also say, to this point, I prefer oil based poly.