water stains on nightstands

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Forum topic by joshtank posted 08-31-2011 08:06 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2011 08:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: water stains

yep yep i know. we’ll use our coasters too. but even a drop here and there and the nightstands i made get little waterstains. that was with staining and two coats on minwax wipe on poly. i sanded them and restained, and and now doing more coats of the wipe on stuff. how many coats will it be and water drops aren’t an issue? should i try some other poly? if so, can it just work on top of what i already have going? i like the wipe on, dont’ have to deal with bubbles and brush marks etc.

the nightstands are red oak. that might be an important variable as well.


-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 11:25 PM

When Fine Woodworking did a test a few months ago Minwax’s Wipe-on Poly ranked the highest – but they used the oil based version, not water based. In general I believe the oil based product is supposed to be tougher and more resistant.

EDIT: I just checked, it was in issue #178.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 04:22 AM

I either spray Min Wax Spar urethane or cut it with MS to make my own wipe on and it is a vary waterproof finish BUT you must apply sufficient coats to build a solid layer. The wipe on requires more coats [6 to 20] depending on the depth of finish you want. When I refer to spraying Spar, I dont mean with a rattle can. All of my chairs are finished this way and they always have a cold beverage on the arm and no water spots. Hope this helped.

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