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03-18-2010 06:31 AM

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do you use wipe on poly like an oil finish wipe on and wipe off or do you leave it on

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 06:40 AM

You leave it on. Wipe on poly is just oil based poly thined about 50% with spirits. Love the stuff, use it all the time.

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#2 posted 03-18-2010 06:46 AM

+1 for bayspt…......... just what he said….. he’s got you covered…...........

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#3 posted 03-18-2010 06:25 PM

I did what bayspt said. Just don’t over apply, do several light coats. I used it on a maple/padauk desk ( ). Maple soaks it in better than padauk. I applied too much at a time and ended up with nice dry coat on maple and tacky uneven layer on padauk right next to it that took very long to dry. I even had to scrape it in few places and go with another very light coat. Overall I like wipe on poly very much. It is easy to use and gives nice warm natural look.

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#4 posted 03-18-2010 06:47 PM

I used wipe on poly for the first time on my last project and love it. It sure beats painting it on with a brush.

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#5 posted 03-18-2010 07:40 PM

I’ve actually never used wipe on poly before, can you guys suggest a good brand specifically? I figured it was safe to redirect since the initial question was answered. Thanks guys.

-- Blair

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#6 posted 03-18-2010 08:02 PM

Minwax poly is fine. You dont have to buy the wiping poly. Just buy regular poly (not water based), and thin it 50% with mineral spirits. The instructions will tell you not to, but that is the standard practice for mixing wiping poly.

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 08:07 PM

Yep, I used Minwax and it worked great. I used their regular wiping poly. It was a bit pricy I thought, but couldnt beat it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 03-18-2010 09:41 PM

I tried the water based wipe on poly and didn’t like it as it raised the grain and i had to resand. Like the minwax wipe on poly the best.It takes more coats to get the same finish as spraying though.

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#9 posted 03-19-2010 04:52 AM

For the first coat, I flood it on with a brush and then wipe off the excess after it has had enough time to be absorbed, but before it starts to tack. (especially vertical surfaces). The next coats I do the same but do not wipe off the horizontal surfaces. During this stage, I usually rotate the “show ” faces so each has its turn at the horizontal position. If the item has a top usable surface like an end table, dresser, etc, that is the last surface horizontal, and gets at least one full strength coat. I am careful to wipe off any drips on the edges.

If you want a bit of amber look, a 1 – 1 – 1 ratio of poly, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits (equal parts) makes a good wipe on mix, but takes a little bit longer to dry.

I have found it easier to apply with a bristle brush, as it is easier to get into corners without overloading it, easier to adjust the amount on interior surfaces, and easier to work one surface at a time. As for number of coats, it depends on the wood, and whether I want a plastic smooth surface or am okay with the grain showing.

If you want a satin finish, use high gloss for all the base coats and only use the varnish with the flatteners in the last one or two coats. Otherwise you may get a cloudy finish if building it up to a real smooth surface.



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