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#1 posted 04-12-2018 03:43 PM

Wiping off with a “dirty” rag will be fine, you just dont want it to be sopping wet (which yours isnt) since that leaves little lines etc all over as well as too much pigment. Leaving the surface damp is not an issue. Since you are topcoating with a wb finish, allow to dry thoroughly. Regardless of application method, after drying wipe all stained surfaces with 1:1 water/dna mix with a DAMP, not wet, cloth to help adhesion, it will remove oils not quite dry. Let the surface dry ( time depends on conditions) and then top coat. Not necessary with solvent finishes.

JMO, I wont use mw polycrylic on anything – way too soft. I havent tried their oil modified wb poly, I suspect it is much better. I much prefer dyes, but for pigment stains mw is ok. I use a lot of mw ob poly – good stuff, just needs to be applied correctly depending on the desired finish.

The real key to a dye is having enough open time to get even color and avoid lap maps, unless spraying on smooth wood like maple. Most otc dye stains use an acrylic binder. Ok but if topped with a wb finish there is no chatoyance. Target WR4000 stain base provides the chatoyance of oil but in a wb formula.

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