Waterbased Milk Looking Liquid????

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Forum topic by mporter posted 11-23-2013 12:37 AM 1095 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2013 12:37 AM

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 11-23-2013 01:10 AM

What do the directions say?

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#2 posted 11-23-2013 01:27 AM

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 11-23-2013 01:31 AM

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 11-23-2013 01:50 AM

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 11-23-2013 02:11 AM

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 11-23-2013 02:26 AM

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 11-23-2013 02:54 AM

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.

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

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 03:08 AM

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 11-23-2013 05:33 AM

+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 11-23-2013 08:03 AM

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 11-23-2013 12:30 PM

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

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 02:38 PM

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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