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
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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