Waterbased Milk Looking Liquid????

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148 days ago

Ok so all I have ever used in my life in oil base poly. Today I went to the store and bought some water based semi gloss poly because I want to be able to do 3 coats in a day. Well I opened the stuff up and it looks like I should be pouring it over my Cheerios instead of finishing my project with it. I assume it dries clear, but what do I use as an applicator? I usually just thin my poly a little and wipe it on. Can I do the same with this milk looking stuff? Any suggestions? I don’t have a spray gun.

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#1 posted 148 days ago

What do the directions say?

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#2 posted 148 days ago

Water based? hmmmm, now what would I thin water based with?

Actually, it works well straight from the can, I use a chunk of foam or a foam brush.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 148 days ago

It will self level well straight out of the can as long as you don’t put it on too thin. A good bristle brush is best (not a cheapie). My experience with foam is that very much pressure will cause it to form bubbles that won’t pop easily.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#4 posted 148 days ago

I’ve been using it for years. The only complaint I have is it Dries Too Quickly. Doesn’t gat a chance to “Lay Down”.

You have to put it on fairly Quickly & Generously, then Leave It Alone!

If the Finish is a little Rough when it dries, not a problem for me as I always take the first, and second coat down with 000 Steel Wool. CLEAN it well after doing that.

Of course it dries Clear. The only reason I would thin it is to use it as a “Wipe On Poly” which I don’t do.

NO Foam Applicators! As mentioned above they start Foaming Up the Urethane and cause Bubbles in your Finish.

Reading the “Directions” on the can would probably tell you all that.

Don’t forget to read the part about ”DO NOT SHAKE”! If you do, you WILL end up trying to finish with a ”Vanilla Milkshake”.

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#5 posted 148 days ago

I meant if anybody thins the stuff or just uses it as is and if I can wipe it on. Thanks to the two of you for your help.

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#6 posted 148 days ago

Good quality brush. No foam applicator. Lay down a good coat and do not play with it because it dries pretty fast. Also I would recommend using wet dry sand paper or a scotch brite pad instead of steel wool. Any pieces of the steel wool that mat accidentally be left on the surface will rust. I have used this stuff on a variety of projects and am pleased with the performance. It is tough and durable, just not so much as oil based poly. My only issue is the fact that it dries so clear, I do like the faint color in oil based poly better but then I try to never use stain so the amber tint is in reality the only enhancement I give the natural color.

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#7 posted 148 days ago

Wow, surprised at the number of anti-foam comments.

I have been using foam brushes with W/B poly for a long time, probably 3 or 4 years. No problem with bubbles, no flush, just a smooth finish.

I may have to rethink my application technique….. I am probably doing something wrong.

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#8 posted 148 days ago

In one of the magazines I get it said to use a paint pad, I tried that and it worked really well for a large flat surface.

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#9 posted 148 days ago

+1 Pat, right on with the painting pad … sounds conterintuitive for applying a polyurethane wood finish but it works great for large surfaces.

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#10 posted 147 days ago

This stuff not only dries clear and fast, there is no amber to it like with oil based poly so you get a wet but natural looking wood finish I like it for oak hardwood floors, the wood looks fresh cut.

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#11 posted 147 days ago

I, too, have had success with foam brushes and water-based poly.

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#12 posted 147 days ago

Foam brushes for water-based poly have worked well for me also.

I tried thinning and wiping on a couple of times, and did not have good results. Has anyone else had success with this? No matter how many coats I wiped on, it still seemed streaky. I use oil-based wipe-on poly all the time without a problem.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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