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Okay, I'm nearly finished building my grandson's toy box and I'm looking at what to apply for a finish. I'm a novice woodworker who has even less knowledge and experience with finishes.

The toy box is built from 3/4" cherry and I really want the finish to look good because I think the toy box came out looking really nice.

I would like to spray on the finish but I don't have any spraying equipment so what I'm looking at using is Deft Interior Clear Wood Finish Satin Lacquer 12.25-Ounce Aerosol Spray (that's a mouthful...it's just the description that appears on Amazon).

Does anyone have any experience with this finish that would lead me to believe that I wouldn't be happy with it? I appreciate you help because this is really important to me to get a nice finish. Thanks.
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Chuck; aren't you going to stain it first? It'll greatly enhance the beauty of Cherry.
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Dan, we had cherry hardwood installed on our bedroom floor last year and I really like the natural appearance of it after it aged several months. Is there any reason I should stain it other than for aesthetic reasons?
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I"ve used Deft spray lacquer on several projects. Good stuff! If your relatively new to using this kinda finish, practice on a couple of boards first... get used to spraying it properly. Ive found a good distance to be 6-10 inches away...Nice steady side to side action. I'd suggest laying the box on its back and spray the front, lay it on its side and spray the opposite side..etc.... if you try to spray the box sitting upright, you run the risk of runs....you can do it, but it'll take patience..

The only thing about the Deft I didn't like was the smell..

I"d suggest a simple wipe on poly....That will give you more protection than a lacquer will, provide a little more durability. Easy to apply...builds up well and leaves a nice finish...

Either way...if you got any questions be sure to ask..sounds like you've made a toy box your proud of take your time and finish her up right ...
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Bill, thanks for your response.

Is there any special technique for applying a wipe-on poly? I've never done it before.

Which one(s) have you had good success with and are the easiest to apply?

Any surface prep other than sanding? I've sanded the box to 220 and plan on giving it one more sanding at 320.

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I have had good luck min wax , you can buy it and spray or brush on gloss or satin dries fast Minwax 255554444 Polycrylic Protective Finish-INT GLOSS W/B POLYCRYLIC
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"Is there any reason I should stain it other than for aesthetic reasons?"


Basically, no,
It does tend to bring all the different wood pieces into more of the same colour range...doesn't matter which tint/shade you use.
But if your floors are already done, it kind of makes sense to have the toybox the same.
(I don't have any opinion on spray cans, other than to say that it'll be more difficult to repair as opposed to brushed on urethane.)
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Hi Chuck, I have used Deft spray. It produces a nice finish. I use it especially on small items that are to hard to apply most other finishes. For a toy box this finish will be beat up really fast because the finish is very thin. As several members suggested to use a poly. I have used poly gel, Minwax wipe-on poly and a host of other finishes. On the wipe-on, it come in satin and gloss. If you want semi-gloss, mix the two. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Chuck...

wipe on poly is pretty straight forward. Easy to apply... The thing with wipe on's is that they usually require multiple applications. I did a toy boy a few years back and ended up applying as I recall at least 5-6 applications. You want to build up the finish. Each successive application builds upon the previous application. Wipe-on's are thinned out by the mfg. so as to make them easy to apply, hence wipe on. As Malcolm eluded to, minimal applications leaves the work piece vulnerable. So you really want to commit to applying multiple coats.

A: clean and dust area you are going to apply the finish in as best you can. Give the area over night to let the dust you don't see settle down.

B: pour poly into a container big enough to allow you to dip into without alot of hassel. Wet the cloth, do not saturate it. Your looking for quality of
application not quantity. Finish schedules are all about patience....

C: rubber gloves, clean lint free application cloths, good ventilation and lighting

D: prop up the box from the bottom, prop open the lid, you want easy access to all areas your going to apply the finish to before starting.

E: my schedule is to apply two coats, then knock down any nubs with 220 very LIGHTLY, your just looking to knock down any fuzzies, nubs etc. that might
come up.

F: Let each application thoroughly dry (usually a good 3-4 hours, perhaps longer depending on temp and humidity)
Inspect for drips and runs, address according before applying succeeding coats. I like to work, top to bottom..

G: From the 3rd coat on, I do a light sanding with 320 then wipe down with a tac cloth before applying next coat. Again, just a light sanding.

H: once happy with the finish, do a final light sanding, tac cloth and then apply a good silicon free furniture polish.

Do a YouTube search "wipe on poly" and watch a few of the video's...it'll be worth the time. Grab a piece of cherry, sanded just like the box. Practice on it. Get
a feel for what your getting into. You might be surprised how straight forward and relatively easy it is.

hope this helps.
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Chuck ~ I second the suggestions offered by TwoSkies57. Especially important is the use of a tack cloth. In case you are not familiar with this, you can make your own. Check out this site.

Good luck and be sure to post some photos when you are done.

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