bubbles in polyacrylic

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Forum topic by Sawdust2012 posted 07-05-2014 11:43 AM 1141 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2014 11:43 AM

I am applying multiple coats of polyacrylic to a maple bowl, not because I want to, but because I have to keep sanding out little bubbles that form when I brush it on. I am using a reasonably good brush, and, as the label suggests, trying not to over brush it. i am pretty sure this is a technique problem, but I dont know what I am doing incorrectly. Any help?

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 11:56 AM

Did you stir it vigorously or gently? Stirring vigorously or shaking the can will cause bubbles. If that’s not the issue try a foam brush.

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 12:00 PM

Thanks. I don’t shake it, but I may be stirring it a little aggressively. I’ll back off a little on the next coat and see what happens. My experience with foam is that it makes the problem worse. It may, however,, all go back to stirring.

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 01:53 PM

Why not wipe on the poly?


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#4 posted 07-05-2014 02:01 PM

Take an old clean T-shirt and wipe on the poly

as Bill suggested and that’ll solve the problem.

Thin coats seem to work better than trying too
thick a coat.

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 05:30 PM

I struggle with the Polyacrylic as I have tried it a number of times. I do much better with straight poly.

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