I have some MinWax Wipe-On Poly that I want to try on a project and am
looking for some application tips. Do most of you just go by the
instructions on the can or are there better methods? I got some great
advice regarding Watco Danish Oil application and thought some of you may
have some good advice regarding this poly. Thanks.
I use a clean, white cotton rag, or cheesecloth, about 9x9, folded
into a pad about 3x3. The rag gets stored in a ziplock bag in between
coats, so the rag lasts for an entire project.
FWIW, I don't use "wipe-on" poly, simply regular poly cut 50/50 with
As far as I can tell, wipe on poly is just regular polyurethane thinned with
mineral spirits 50/50. It produces a very thin coat, but can be recoated in
about 4-6 hours depending on temp and humidity. I use 0000 steel wool very
lightly between coats and it gets rid of dust nibs, etc and leaves a really
smooth finish. I have used everything from paper towels to socks to apply
it, but old tee shirts seem to work best for me. I have had the best luck
with the gloss instead of the satin, and just rub with steel wool and paste
wax to cut the shine a little. Let it cure for a week or more before you
rub out the gloss with the steel wool and wax.
Paper towel, the cheapest sort, works great for application as long as you
have properly sanded work. I use one of those extra fine sanding sponges
with mineral spirits as a lube when sanding between coats. Half a sponge,
kept in a container with some spirits to wash it lasts a _very_ long time.
The gloss is more transparent, of course, and you _can_ use steel wool of
you like. I just hate the stuff, so I use pumice on an oiled rag.
I've used the product and really like it. At the time I first applied
the poly, about the only lint free rag I had was a new auto detailing
rag. I used part of that rag and was very happy with the results.
Haven't tried anything else since the auto polish rag worked so well.
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