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Forum topic by steveh0203 posted 11-25-2013 04:45 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2013 04:45 PM

I am trying to refinish some handgun grips. I had some Miniwax wipe on poly that I have had for a couple of years. I put some on my grips and it looked fine. After it had time to dry and I checked it out. There were spots that looked like to poly just soaked up in the wood and left a dull looking spot. Other places there were a slight shine. I tried shaking the poly good. Could the poly be bad causing this problem.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 04:53 PM

This is pretty normal, in my experience. Because wipe-on poly is so thin, it readily soaks in to the more porous areas of the wood. The solution is to keep adding coats until the finish is even.

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

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 05:07 PM

It takes multiple coats to get the finish you want. When I use that wipe on poly it never takes in 1 coat with me it takes 5 coats to get the finish nice and even

-- Coach Mancuso

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 05:23 PM

one other option is to use shellac over your stain or oil as your first coat of clear to seal the wood, lightly sand it then use the poly over top as shellac can be used under all finishes.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 06:24 PM

I usually start liking the look of wipe on poly after somewhere around 5-6 coats.

Sand back the first coat with 320.
Apply two more thin coats
Sand back with 400+
Apply a super thin coat
see how it looks
maybe apply another super thin coat
Let cure for a week
buff with a crushed up brown paper bag
top coat with carnuba and buff with a soft cloth

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