The thing I like least about woodworking is brushing on poly. So, for my
latest project, I used Minwax Wipe-On Poly. It was everything I hoped for
in application, but I wonder if it provides adequate protection.
Obviously you are putting less material on, but are a couple coats okay for
a low wear use?
Is it just regular poly that is thinned down (which I could make myself
cheaper), or is it something different?
I used it on my now five year olds high chair which has now been used by two
more children. I haven't given it any more coats since then. I wash the
oak tray off in the sink on a regular basis. It has held up great. The
wipe on poly is the only way to go.
It is in a jelly-like form. Like the others said, it just takes a few more
If you are having trouble brushing on regular poly, try using the alkyd
variety cut with 10 to 20% thinner. Not so thin that it runs, but it
eliminates the brush marks.
I have used Minwax in the past, but currently use General Finish's
The reason I like it is that I can brush it on, Wipe it on with a rag,
or use my hand. It doesn't matter. They all turn out great, even when
I've got my lathe spinning at 1800 rpms and Friction Drying it. I have
not had to make any adjustments to their formula. I usually put three
or four coats, followed by two hand rubbed coats of Johnsons Paste
Best of luck.
The Other Bruce
I make my own blend of wipeable varnish. 50% minwax poly, 25% mineral
spirits, 23% watco. I can't reveal what that other 2% is (Sam Maloof might
be lurking). Only mix what you need. It doesn't have a long shelf life.
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