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HickWillis

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11-30-2016 09:28 PM

I’m about to begin the process of building some cabinet doors for my kitchen. I want them to have a soft sheen (semi-gloss?) and am not sure what to use. I have a lot of doors to finish and will be applying the finish by hand so I’m looking for something that is easy to apply by hand and will provide a durable finish. Any ideas?

-- -Will


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#1 posted 11-30-2016 09:35 PM

Wiping Varnish, couldn’t be any easier. Keep adding layers until you like the look.

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 09:36 PM



Wiping Varnish, couldn t be any easier. Keep adding layers until you like the look.

- Logan Windram

Like a wipe on poly?

-- -Will

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 09:47 PM

Wiping Varnish, couldn t be any easier. Keep adding layers until you like the look.

- Logan Windram

Like a wipe on poly?

- HickWillis

exactly. get some of those cups from Rocker so you can hang the doors for drying, and do nice thin coats and build up a sheen you desire. Note, those rags used will be flammable, don’t leave them bunched up or inside when you are done…

spraying is the way to do it, but wipe on is the next easiest IMO. Bob Flexner has some articles on it is his book, and “m sure one o fthe two woodworking publications.

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 12:27 AM

I just refinished my kitchen cabinets and used Minwax wipe-on poly (satin). I use that stuff anywhere (inside) its going to take a beating. It’s nearly bulletproof and it looks great. You control the depth of finish. Usually 3 coats does it for me. I reuse the applicator rag by putting it in a ziploc in the deep freeze – safe and chemically inactive – between coats.

Pros don’t care for poly because the recoat time means they have to keep coming back. For homeowners, that’s usually not a problem.

If you for some reason don’t like the sheen, you can just go over with a different sheen to finish it off. You can make your own hand wipe by thinning the stuff that comes in a can.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 05:18 PM

Thanks for the tips! I’ll go with a wipe on!

-- -Will

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 06:30 AM

Not necessarily correct.You can usually go duller finish but not shinier.

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 06:36 AM

General finish\ Arm-a-Seal is a great product, esay to apply and tough as nails when fully cured

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 01:47 PM

Yeah I was looking at General and Waterlox.

-- -Will

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 02:47 PM

Will,

I used satin Polyacrylic on my kitchen. I really liked it….but.

Since its water based, I could sand and put 3 coats on in one day.

Now the “but”: After 7 years, its held up OK although it does seem to be a little subject to staining (stuff like blueberry juice, beet juice, etc). So I think there must be some degree of porosity to the finish.

Semi gloss might be a better choice. If I could do it over, I would buy an HPLV sprayer and use poly.

I would test a couple different finished on the backs of some doors.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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