Thanks for the tips, I've taken them to heart. To answer a few of the
questions, I'm using the oil-based poly, not the water based. I've
never used the water-based, but have wanted to try it. This is
actually one piece that really should have been done in the
water-based, as I made a set of shelves from maple with a natural
stain, and I hate the additional yellowing that the oil-based poly
gave it. I've heard that the water-based doesn't have that "yellow"
I was under the impression that the sanding after the first coat was
to roughen up the surface for adhesion of the second coat (as one
responder had noted), but some people stated that roughness is
expected after the first coat. This is the first I've had this
I didn't take into account the ambient temperature, but this time is
the first that I've had this problem, and it has been a bit cooler in
the shop lately. The slow drying time must have worked against me this
Thinning the poly did seem to help, I just thinned the whole can by
adding less than 10% spirits. I'm glad someone asked what to use as a
thinner, I wasn't sure either. I also was curious about spraying. I
was tempted, but figured it may entrain yet more air bubbles into the
poly and make things worse.
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