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Forum topic by eddie posted 06-27-2014 07:40 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2014 07:40 PM

the big box stores seemed a little high for wipe on poly to me .So i was wondering can you take poly and make your own and what mixture would be best?

-- Jesus Is Alright with me


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#1 posted 06-27-2014 07:43 PM

Eddie,

I just mix my own, but I’m pretty low tech. I do about a 50/50 mix and use several coats. I’ve done it this way a few times and like the results.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 07:47 PM

thanks Chris ,ive used wipe on when i cant get outside and use my spray rig .but went to get some and its too much for a small can ill start mixing it up what did you use ?

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#3 posted 06-27-2014 07:53 PM

I just mixed it with mineral spirits, based on someone’s post here and some Internet research. The ratio didn’t seem to be all that important, although the thinner it is the more coats you will need to apply. I mixed mine in a plastic disposable bowl, since I knew I was going to keep putting on coats until it was gone. I think I used Minwax for the polly, whatever the gallon size is at Home Depot.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#4 posted 06-27-2014 07:54 PM

Eddie, I use 50% minwax poly and 50% mineral spirits.
It costs a lot less and works exactly like the high dollar quarts they sell at the local hardware stores.

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#5 posted 06-27-2014 07:56 PM

Come to think of it, it might very well have been one of William’s posts where I got the idea.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 06-27-2014 08:04 PM

thank yall im not buying anymore premixed ,around 13 bucks for a small can quart i think .

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#7 posted 06-27-2014 10:08 PM

Glad you posted this. I was just standing here complaining.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 06-28-2014 12:28 AM

eddie, I mix mine a bit thicker: 1 part MS to 2-3 parts Spar (if I’m looking to add a little amber) or Poly. I have also added stain to this mixture to further eliminate a finishing step. Finished all the woodwork in my daughter’s clinic with Gunstock Stain/Spar/Mineral Spirits wipe on. Worked great and was quick!

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

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#9 posted 06-28-2014 01:19 AM

thanks Andy i will try the mix ,that would be a lot faster

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#10 posted 06-28-2014 04:22 PM

Monte its better to sit and complane . unless its a dull blade on the plane :)

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#11 posted 06-28-2014 04:55 PM

50:50 mix of regular poly and MS works for me. I also like increase the ratio of poly to MS to 75:25 on the last 2 coats to get a better build.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 06-28-2014 09:11 PM

thanks Bondo Gaposis will yry this on the last two coats

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#13 posted 06-28-2014 09:23 PM

I’ve never used a wipe on so these might be silly question?....

What do you use to wipe it on with, old cotton t-shirt, old wash cloth, old towels?

Also, can the quick dry type poly be used?

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#14 posted 06-28-2014 09:30 PM

I’ve used an old t-shirt as well as a paper towel, and they worked pretty well. I also used an old towel, but it left lint.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#15 posted 06-28-2014 10:12 PM

You think wipe on poly is expensive, try buying rebar.

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