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Forum topic by coachmancuso posted 05-08-2014 11:15 PM 791 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2014 11:15 PM

What do you use to make brush on poly wipe on poly and what is the mixture > Thanks

-- Coach Mancuso

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 11:41 PM

Mineral spirits….up to 50/50 mix

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#2 posted 05-09-2014 12:13 AM

I usually mix 2-3 parts poly to 1 part mineral spirits.

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#3 posted 05-09-2014 01:48 AM

Same as kdc68 plus a few drops of japan drier.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 05-09-2014 02:28 AM

I also heard/read 1 part poly, 1 part mineral spirits, 1 part BLO. Try and see what works best.

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#5 posted 05-09-2014 12:58 PM

I use a 1/3 Poly, 1/3 mineral spirits, and 1/3 BLO. The BLO pops the grain, the poly protects, and the mineral spirits helps speed the drying process. Really a wiping finish trifecta.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#6 posted 05-09-2014 01:49 PM

I make my wipe on poly with Spar Urethane. It has ‘long oils’ in it that pops the grain just like BLO.

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#7 posted 05-10-2014 05:07 PM

For a faster “flash time,” try VM&P naphtha in place of the mineral spirits. The curing time won’t change, but the finish will tack-up sooner. If it were me, I’d probably leave the BLO out of the equation simply because it will slow down the curing time too much. Your call. If you want to pop the grain, you can use a wash coat of dewaxed shellac prior to the wipe on poly.

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#8 posted 05-10-2014 07:10 PM

Some people here do not know difference between a wiping finish & oil varnish mix. Yes can wipe both of these finish on. Wipe on poly/varnish, you do not wipe off, Oil varnish, normally excess is wiped off.

Wipe on poly/varnish nice to start with a 50/50 mix. Two coat of this mixture should equal one coat of film poly/varnish. I have used a 60/40 mix film finish to solvent to get faster build of finish.

I bought a can of shake do not stir wipe on poly and could not get a build of finish after four coats, product contain more than 70% solvent.

Oil poly/varnish 1/3×1/3×1/3 poly/varnish, solvent, BLO, if do not allow to dry enough can end up with a gummy mess.

-- Bill

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 12:11 PM

Can’t add anything new to the thread, but I can support what others have said. around 50/50 mix mineral spirits and regular old Poly.

Wipe it on with a clean cotton rag, walk away.

2-3 coats seems like it gives me the same as 1 coat of the full strength stuff.

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 01:22 PM

I use very little mineral spirits in Poly and wipe it on. About 10% mineral spirits.

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