: When I look at Lowes or Home Depot all I can find is Polyurethane. I
: bought a spray can to try it as a test and I can not seem to get a good
: finish with it and it takes forever to dry even though the can I bought
: fast drying.
Local climate has a LOT to do with dry time and cure rate -- and the effect
seems to be accentuated with polyurethanes -- and especially with
water-based finishes (of any type).
Perhaps you live somewhere in the east where it's cold and wet ...
Here in The Sonoran Desert (during the "Spring" & "Summer" months) it's
Warm & Dry,
Hot & Dry,
So-Bloody-Thumping Hot-That-Hell-Would-Be-An-Improvement -- and Dry.
May & June Temps in the 95-115F range with RH levels about 6%-12% are the
norm. (The Dew Point is rarely above freezing). July-Sept is another story.
Water-borne poly finishes can be a Royal B****
to use -- they can literally
dry on the brush!!
If you sprayed the stuff, you'd likely punch holes in the work piece with
all those tiny BBs smacking into it :-)
Oil based poly finishes take a wee bit longer to dry "to the touch" (maybe
five or ten minutes) but they'll be deodorized and shock-cured rock-hard by
the next day.
Right now (mid July) we're on the cusp of the annual Monsoon (when the
prevailing winds shift direction and come at us from the south and east).
There's been an 18-day siege of 110+ days, the RH has hovered near a muggy
15% and the Dew Point is rising into the 40s -- it's "yucky" enough to make
even a place like Texas seem half-way pleasant. (And THAT'S a STRETCH!)
"Tis The Season" when you throw the mfr's directions in the trash and just
Penury Is the Mother of Invention