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Finishing question

by unclearthur
posted 08-08-2017 07:17 AM

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 02:04 PM

I’ve never had any luck using the painters pyramids with varnish. It’s not the fastest, but I would let one side set up, and then flip it. The other way i do may not work for you, but I’ll put screws or nails into unseen spots and use them to support the piece, that allows me to rotate it before the top side has dried. If you elect to go the pyramid route, I’d suggest you make your own using very fine nails for the resting points.

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#2 posted 08-08-2017 02:38 PM

You can also spray it while it is standing up, if you have the equipment. Go light and it will not run.

Otherwise, you’ve got to do the flip method. I have started using faster drying finishes in conjunction with spraying to cut down finishing time. You could go with a shellac base coat to get some color, then a water based topcoat. Shellac dries in 15min. The water based topcoat are hard and durable and dry in an hour or two depending on humidity.


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#3 posted 08-11-2017 05:20 AM

Lately, I’ve been using the wipe-on poly, and have zero drip/run problems. The downside is that to get a decent gloss takes more coats. If I want a really high gloss, then I use a sprayer and a light coat.

For both sides, I make hooks out of coat hangers and staple the hook to the underside (or other non-critical surface).

Good luck,


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#4 posted 08-11-2017 07:36 PM

Same here, I gave up trying to brush poly. I either wipe small items or spray.

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#5 posted 08-11-2017 08:10 PM

I agree with what others have said, every time I brush varnish I say “never again”. Wipe on might need more coats but is far simpler to get a good result.

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#6 posted 08-11-2017 09:04 PM

wipe on only for me

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