[Poly] Finish all sides at once or one at a time? Control drips?

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Forum topic by ChuckH posted 12-11-2013 09:06 PM 1036 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2013 09:06 PM

I’d like to hear how people finishing boards. I’m using Minwax Polyurethane. I apply the top and poly runs down the sides of the board. Then I come back with a mostly dry brush and try to even out the sides, but I usually end up having to sand them a bit. Then I’ll flip it and do the bottom – again trying to manage the drips that run down the side.

Any clever tricks to manage this better, or do all four sides of the board at once?

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 09:15 PM

I use painters pyramids. I spray the back of the board, then flip it over on the pyramids and spray the edges and top. I can spray two coats of lacquer in one day.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 09:25 PM

I just picked up those little pyramid gizmos. Love em.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 09:30 PM

Top and all four edges at the same time. Flip it. Bottom and all four edges at the same time. Sand. Repeat.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 01:33 AM

This may sound overly simple, and maybe it is, but make sure you are brushing toward the edge as much as feasible. Starting at the edge leaves a buildup of material that can easily drip down the side.

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

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 02:49 AM

I really prefer the wipe on poly/ms mixture. No drips and dries much quicker. BUT does require more coats.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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