|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 04-23-2011 06:51 PM||6394 views||2 times favorited||8 replies|
04-23-2011 06:51 PM
My standard approach to finishing calls for 5 coats of wipe-on poly. I sometimes use other approaches, but this is my standard.
With respect to the 1st and 2nd coat, I finish everything, including areas that no one will ever see. For the 3rd coat I skip the areas that no one will every see but I include areas that will only get occasional looks . The 4th and 5th coat are limited to the focal points of the piece (e.g. the table top).
I lightly sand (400 grit) before applying coats 3, 4, and 5.
FYI – I like to use a 50/50 mixture of glossy and satin MinWax wipe-on poly. IMO, the glossy is too glossy and the satin is too dull. The 50/50 mix seems to be just right.
I deviate from this standard for 2 reasons. If I need to get it done fast (hate that), I will use a spray on shellack
I’m curious about other LJs and their standard approach to finishing.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.