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Forum topic by Danpaddles posted 01-28-2015 03:56 AM 780 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Danpaddles

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01-28-2015 03:56 AM

...and a little short of time tonight.

I have two tins of Wipe-On Poly. One is nearly empty, it is “Clear Gloss”. The other is almost full- “Clear Satin”. Trouble is, I want to end up with a gloss finish. Can I build the first 2-3 coats with the satin, make the last coat with my little bit of Gloss, and end up with gloss? Will the “cloudy” satin show through? Or should I mix the two, just figure it will be a little bit (a lot?) satin, and live with it?

I hate to run out and buy a pint of this stuff, I almost never use it, usually preferring Waterlox or just Watco. A pint of gloss is liable to sit on the shelf next to the satin for years before I have another call for it. Not to mention, I am about in the hole on this job, another 10 bucks doesn’t help.

thanks for your thoughts.

-d

-- Dan V. in Indy


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OSU55

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 04:58 AM

If the satin has been sitting for several weeks or more, all or most of the flatting agent has settled to the bottom (as long as you haven’t stirred it up recently). Just pour the poly out of the satin tin, it should be close to gloss. If you want to save $ in the future, when you run out of waterlox and watco, go buy more poly and thin it ~60-70%, and you will have the same thing.

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AESamuel

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 11:25 AM

You might get away with using the satin poly but DON’T stir it, and try to move it as little as possible. As OSU55 said, if it has been sitting then all of the bits that make the gloss poly satin should have settled to the bottom and you should have gloss on top. You could try pouring the top off and stopping before you reach the flattening agent at the bottom. It may be a little satin but it looks like your best bet.

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Danpaddles

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 05:04 PM

I could live with a little satin. If I hadn’t already shook up the can, before reading this! I’ll just break down and buy the right stuff, maybe they have a smaller can.

OSU- I’m not sure you are quite right about the Waterlox and Watco just being thinned poly. I think there is Linseed oil (Watco) and tung oil (Waterlox), as well as some poly. I know it is pretty much impossible to build up enough Watco to make it look anything like poly. And Waterlox has a significantly different feel to it, after only 3- or 4 coats.

thanks guys.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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OSU55

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 01:47 AM

Just try it and see what you think…..............

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