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Blog entry by RobH posted 07-26-2007 12:40 AM 842 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I have been going through this finishing job oh these bookshelves I have been really looking at my finishing process and asking a lot of questions. So, last night I got home from work and went to the shop to put on another coat of polyurethane. I have been wiping the poly on with a rag and I have not been pleased with the results. There was lots of dust in the finish, and where the finish was being wiped on unevenly I was getting streaks no matter how hard I tried.

So, I step into the shop last night and laying right in front of me was a foam brush. Since I was still a few coats away from being totally finished I decided to try something new. I mixed up the wipe-on finish just as I have been for several days (8 oz of mineral spirits and 16 oz of polyurethane). Then I took the foam brush and applied the polyurethane to every piece of the project.

All I can say is WOW, WHY DID I NOT DO THIS SOONER? Once dried there was nowhere near the original amount of dust in the finish. The dust I was getting was coming from the rag, not the shop. I have been so pleased with the results.

I just applied another coat that way this afternoon. This is going good now.

Now, I am getting to where I am enjoying this finish job.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 07-26-2007 12:46 AM

Rob, if you do return to wiping on the finish, wrap your cloth on panty hose. The hose will virtually eliminate any chaff from the rag. Having said that, do yourself a favor and look at spraying as the way to apply your finish coats. I’m telling you now, once you spray you won’t go back to rags or brushes.


-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry.

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 01:26 AM

did I read “ENJOY” and “FINISH” in the same sentence??? !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 05:10 AM


I would love to spray, but it was just not a good idea on this project. It would be the first spray job I have ever done, and I don’t think that was smart on a commission job.

Actually, I will probably never set up to spray until I go total professional. Most of the things I build for the house are finished natural with a rubbed on coat or two of Danish Oil. That is my wife’s favorite look, and who am I to argue. Slop the stuff on, let us soak in and wipe it off. Repeat a couple of times and you are done. Now, that’s the kind of finishing I like.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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