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#1 posted 10-03-2015 09:09 PM

I agree that my understanding is that water-based poly doesn’t give the yellow tone. However, the only times I have used it over paint was on colored finishes, so I wouldn’t see the issue as much. As far as brushing versus spraying, it would probably depend more on your spraying equipment than anything else. I would certainly recommend making several test panels to see what works best for your gear, technique, and personal taste. I think that the “leave well enough alone” comment was aimed at not making a mess of your cabinets by using the wrong finish, applying the poly after too little curing time for the paint, or with the wrong application technique. You can eliminate all of those variables by making test panels. I wouldn’t do a major project without doing that unless I was using a tried and true method I had used successfully before.

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