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Forum topic by AbranV posted 12-10-2011 08:18 AM 5051 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2011 08:18 AM

My friends, I jumped on the bottle balancer bandwagon this year for my Christmas gifts. The first set I had finished off with a cheap spray laquer and they came out amazing! My next batch I will be using Minwax’s Wipe-On Poly and could use some suggestions. Has anyone had any luck with this stuff? Any comments, rants, and raves are welcome

P.S to my Oregon jocks, I was just at my local Habitat for humanity Restore and came across a bunch of maple burl and quilted maple blocks for $10-$15. They were all decent sizes and quality. Please stop by the Salem store and buy them before three tomorrow. I don’t want to have my regular “you bought MORE wood!” conversation with my wife tomorow night!

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 01:38 PM

I use this stuff quite a bit and have nothing but positive things to say. I get great results with it every time. Like with any wipe-on, its pretty thin so you will need extra coats to build up the same level of protection as a brush on poly. I would plan for about 4-5 coats.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 01:41 PM

I’ve used it… works well.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 03:33 PM

Minwax brush on poly is my go-to finish. It gives me good results, and it is widely available. I reckon wipe on is the same product thinned down.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 12-10-2011 03:35 PM

I use it a lot also it works well after you have project sealed.


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#5 posted 12-10-2011 03:54 PM

I just used this on a dresser I refinished and I love the results. This was my first time wiping although I had done quite a bit of brushing and spraying finishes. Since I was wiping, and I had applied a very dark stain, Minwax Dark Walnut on cherry, I was worried that the solvent in the first coat would strip some of the stain and I would wipe away some of the stain off the wood. I didn’t see much stain come off on the rag at all and saw no lightening of the stain on the wood.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 04:23 PM

I use it constantly but do get annoyed at how many coats it takes to get a nice shine. Ive moved onto either using a coat of dewaxed shellac or full strength brush on poly as a first coat so the wood doesnt soak in all the wipe on for the first 3 coats.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 06:18 PM

Dewaxed shellac then wipe away.
Get an old pair of panty hose, some old t shirt. Fold the t shirt pad into about a 3” x 3” square, put it in a length of hose. Tie off both ends of the hose, and ya have a nice lint free “rubber” with which to apply the wipe on.
Make sure that your wife knows where ya got the hose.


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#8 posted 12-10-2011 06:27 PM

Thanks everyone! That’s the response I was looking for. I did notice that after two coats the wood soaked it up and need a few more to get a good shine. I will give the dewaxed shellac and pantyhose a try! Much appreciated!

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 03:33 AM

Nice tip Bill on the pantyhose and even better advice on telling the wife where you got em!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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