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09-28-2008 11:20 PM

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I used polyurethane for the fist time today and I’am delighted with the results. one coat was more than enough to give a smooth glass like finish , I used it on a handrail and will post pictures of it next week

-- A. Molloy

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 12:05 AM

Looking forward to seeing the results!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 12:10 AM

Polyurethane is good stuff. There are many different kinds available. I’m not sure I’ve seen any of them that recommend using only one coat. Even if a single coat looks good, you should check the label and use the minimum number of coats suggested. Multiple coats will last a lot longer and keep your project looking good for many years.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 01:26 AM

yep with good surface prep 1 coat will have it looking and feeling good but poly is made to soak in so for it you want 4 coats minimum, but about 6 or 7 coats would be better. so you can get good protection from the wood!

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 01:44 AM

You should also lightly sand with 400 grit paper or 0000 steel wool between coats. I usually use a gloss finish. I sand or buff until it is no longer glossy. After sanding, wipe it down with mineral spirits to remove the dust and residue. This creates a good bond for the different layers of finish. If using a water based poly, do NOT use steel wool. Any fragments left over will rust.

The gloss poly is the most durable. If you want a less glossy finish, knock it down with steel wool and then wax.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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