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Forum topic by muleskinner posted 434 days ago 872 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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muleskinner

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434 days ago

Is there any advantage to the whip on polyurethane over the regular stuff. I hate brushes. I hate painting. I’m a lousy painter. So when I apply polyurethane (MinWax usually) I pour some out of a quart can, mix in some mineral spirits and whip it on with a rag. No runs, no holidays, no damn brushes to clean. Today I notice on the stain and finish shelf that MinWax markets a Whip-On Satin poly. Is there an advantage?

-- Visualize whirled peas


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Kreegan

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#1 posted 434 days ago

Wipe on poly is just thinned poly.

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Finisherman

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#2 posted 433 days ago

You’re doing just fine. What you’ve created is your own version of wipe on polyurthethane. The only difference is likely to be in the price. If what you’re doing is working well for you, continue to use that approach. The wipe on polyurthane that you saw at the store has flattening agents in it to give it a satin sheen. That’s obout the only difference, as far as I know. If you want a satin sheen, buy a can of regular satin varnish and thin it down like you’ve been doing.

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 433 days ago

Yep. Same stuff, just pre-thinned. Save the $$, buy the poly in a can and thin it yourself as you’ve been doing.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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muleskinner

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#4 posted 433 days ago

Thank goodness I don’t have to change my ways! I hate when I have to do that. If I remember correctly the one pint can of whip on was about the same price as a quart of the real stuff. Quite the marketing ploy.

Thanks guys.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 433 days ago

Muleskinner, I use the same stuff sometimes but I apply it with sheepskin wool like those used for floor finishing. I cut about a two inch square, use that for a project, keep it in a seal able plastic bag until all coats are complete, and then I dispose of it. I have tried cleaning one but it just comes out hard and not very useable. One of those floor finishing pads yields about four to six projects, depending on project size.

These things don’t shed and it takes very little to cut off a piece and remove the loose ends with a lint roller or card file.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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muleskinner

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#6 posted 433 days ago

That sounds like a good idea, Hans. It’ll relieve my wife of her suspicion that there’s some pervert running around with a granny panty fetish.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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odiefish

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#7 posted 430 days ago

I like the idea of the cloth being saved in a ziplock bag.

When using a wipe on poly does anyone notice that the rack gets some stain that lifts off the wood? I just used some for the first time and I wonder if it is do to the mineral spirits etc.

-- Newbie in training

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pmayer

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#8 posted 430 days ago

That Minwax wipe-on poly is a great product. I used to make my own and had decent results, but I like the Minwax product better than my home brew and it is a relatively inexpensive product. It won a wipe on finish bake-off in FWW a few years back if I recall correctly.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 429 days ago

odiefish yes I have noticed that the applicator (sheepskin in my case) does pick up a little but only on really dark stains! I typically don’t stain oak which I use the most.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 429 days ago

I’ve never used any “whip on” poly before…...I usually use the other stuff…........

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 429 days ago

Whip on poly, have I been using the wrong stuff?
Yes , the wipe on poly covers much more area and is easier to apply.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 429 days ago

General Finishes has some real good stuff too. I am sitting next to an oak table I did ~25 years ago it still looks like new … well almost. I think the stuff I used was called GF Arm-R-Seal.

As I said, it’s been years ago and I believe I applied three coats … it was cold in Illinois when I made this table ... a little humor there!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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