Thinning water based poly?

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Simple question here for the ones who can answr it for me lol. I was planning to use a wipe on poly for my current project but I don’t want the yellow tint over time. So my alternative is water based poly. I really hate using a brush I would much rather wipe it on. Can I add a thinner of any kind to it and have no worries on the end results?

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#1 posted 691 days ago

try just mixing a little
and see how it works

something with a UV inhibitor is preferred
as everything gets sunlight
not just things outside

when i have problems with finishes
i smear crisco lard on them
(that’ll show ‘em) lol

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#2 posted 691 days ago

UGL makes ZAR® ULTRA MAX Interior Waterborne Oil-Modified Wipe-On Polyurethane Finish.

We’ve tested this product in our studio and it works great.


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#3 posted 691 days ago

I’ve tried thinning it with water a couple of times and not been pleased with the results. Maybe I just haven’t gotten the mixture right.

As an alternative, I’ve had pretty good luck using a foam brush.

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#4 posted 691 days ago

i really really hate using paint brushes of any kind :/ but i also would really really hate to see this project go yellow. i cant afford to buy a wipe on water based poly off the internet to find out i don’t like it. man im stumped. wheres the crisco at haha

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#5 posted 691 days ago

What about Waterlox? I think Chas Neil says it is great stuff!

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#6 posted 690 days ago

IIRC, minwax makes a water based wipe on poly.

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#7 posted 689 days ago

Waterlox is an oil-based varnish that has an amber tint.

The product Hobomonk suggested appears to be worth a look. especially since he’s actually used it.

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