Having Trouble Finishing? Here’s a Great Product
Last week I was working with our Web folks and Tony O’Malley on our big mudroom build-off against our colleagues at Fine Homebuilding. During the process I was helping Tony prefinish some material for his project. We used Minwax Wipe-On Poly, and I loved it. Typically, I wipe on a home-made brew of thinned down polyurethane on my projects (about 2 parts thinner to 3 parts poly). My mix dries fast and builds to a nice sheen, but the Minwax has all the qualities of my brew without the chemistry.
It goes on fast with a clean cotton cloth or sturdy shop towel and is ready to recoat in a couple hours. The manufacturer recommends sanding between coats with 220-grit paper, fine steel wool, or a fine abrasive pad, but this isn’t always necessary because the stuff dries so fast. I’d recommend feeling the surface for dust nibs. If you find any, go ahead and sand and then remove the detritus; if you don’t find nibs, I think it’s safe to apply the next coat without sanding.
If you’ve had any trouble with finishing, this is a great way to put a nice finish on your furniture without worrying about drips and runs. I used the gloss version of the product. With it, you can build to the luster you want by simply wiping on additional coats. When you’re done, apply some paste wax and you’ll have a durable, nice-looking finish without the hassle.
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No runs, no drips. Minwax Wipe-on Poly goes on easily with a rag. It dries so fast that you can do multiple coats in a day.
Dry the rags. Avoid the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion by letting the finish-soaked rags dry on the ledge of your garbage can or outside.