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If you are familiar with Minwax products and your confidence is high
on its end product, <<by all means use the Minwax poly>>. Years ago,
it rated better for reflectivity, abrasion resistance, and water
resistance than the paint store or Woodcraft offerings in one of the
well respected woodworking magazines. I believe it.
With that in mind, I have used it on several table tops, and it works
like a charm. And I put it on wide, open, flat tops, I pad the finish
on with one of the green and white pads found at Home Depot. They are
cheap, and made to be thrown away, so you dispose of them after each
No thinner fumes, no cleanup, nothing. Let the pad get completely
dry, then toss it in the trash. A 6" wide flat pad will give you a
gorgeous final product. Seriously, it will look sprayed.
You can also find smaller foam brushes (or regular brushes) for legs,
sides, etc. I have now seen Leon's work first hand and he is a
proponent of the foam brush with poly. His finishing is top shelf, so
it obviously works well.
The largest project I refinished with Minwax was a conference table.
The smallest is a desktop or a large dining room table. Two of them
are still in client's houses, and the desk and dining room table are
wearing like iron after years of use.
Two coats of clear gloss poly followed by one coat of semi gloss/satin
will do you on the top and vertical surfaces. Since oil poly has so
long to lay out, it will look factory with just a small amount of
effort on your part if you are careful in your application.