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TheWoodenOyster

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07-03-2014 12:09 AM

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Hey everyone,

I am about to put my last coat of minwax wipe on oil-based satin poly onto a cherry table, 4 coats in all, sanding to 320 in between. I typically have some dust nibs that the 320 sanding between coats takes care of no problem. In the past, after my last coat, I have knocked the nibs off with 0000 steel wool or quick touches with 1500 sandpaper. They both work ok, but I know I have read multiple comments that mention buffing out with a brown paper bag as a final buff. So my question is to you who do the paper bag method, how do you do it, and how long do you let your finish cure before buffing? Also, will it knock tiny little dust nibs out?

Never tried this method and I’d like to hear how it is done.

Thanks

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster


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TiggerWood

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 12:58 AM

I tried it by hand. It was like sanding with 10,000 grit. Didn’t really work for me. I was hoping for something more around the 2,000 grit range.

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Pezking7p

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 01:03 AM

I found it knocked off all the nibs I cared about. Just rub it til the nibs are gone. I didn’t think it changed the look of the finish at all.

-- -Dan

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hookfoot

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 01:03 AM

I use a brown paper bag all of the time. I useally leave it dry for 24 hours. I have even used a piece of old cardboard box with good results.

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stnich

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 02:04 AM

I have used the rag that I applied the wipe on poly with. I lay it out flat making sure that there are as few wrinkles as possible and let it dry/cure. Then use it to rub out the finish. I haven’t done it in years but it worked well.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 02:22 AM

I usually wait until the last coat is just barely tacky to a fingertip

I grab an old T-shirt, and rub it HARD. Needing to generate a bit of heat with it. Polishes things up nicely.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 05:18 PM

bandit571, good idea. We guys have tons of old tee shirts.

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ADHDan

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 05:24 PM

I’ve used paper bags and cardboard to buff after poly. Much like the other Dan (Pezking) I find they work well for dealing with nibs. Just make sure the finish has fully cured because oh man things can get ugly.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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jmartel

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 05:54 PM

I typically use #0000 steel wool, myself.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 07-03-2014 06:28 PM

I also used steel wool, dipped in paste wax, then buff out the wax, once it sets, with a blue shop towel. With wipe on, which is pretty much all I do these days, I wait 24 hrs. With brush on, I would give it a few days.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 06:53 PM

Awesome input guys. Just what I was hoping for. It’s been about 18 hrs now, so I’ll probably buff it tonight or tomorrow morning/afternoon.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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jmartel

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#11 posted 07-03-2014 07:24 PM

For lacquer I usually let it cure for a few days, not just 18-24 hours like some others.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Knothead62

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 01:24 PM

Corrugated cardboard is an abrasive. It took the paint off a freezer when we moved many years ago.

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coachmancuso

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 01:41 PM

I use the brown bag for all of my last buffing. Wipe on poly I wait about 2 days and brush on poly I wait 7 days.. It has taken all my nubs off. It also does not do anything to the finish. When my orders from craft supply come they pack everything in brown paper, and I thank them each time for the free buffing supplies!

-- Coach Mancuso

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