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A New Twist On Applying Wipe-On Poly

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Blog entry by James E McIntyre posted 09-09-2019 09:39 PM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you read the instructions for Minwax’s Wipe-On Poly they suggest that you apply at least 2 thin coats.
The reason I think that heavy coats may not be recommend is because they worry the out come, maybe an uneven surface.

I recently figured out a way to apply heavier coats using 2 cloths pins, a thin piece of wood and a white cloth I cut out with a pinking sheers. This arrangement allows me to use a larger piece of wood, more cloths pins and a larger piece of cloth for wider boards. The method can only be used on surfaces that you can arrange vertical.

Just keep pouring generous amounts of finish on the cloth while it’s on the wood your going to finish and drag it back and forth until there’s a nice even coat.

Don’t over work the poly it will start setting up after a minute or two. No cleanup, no foam disposable brushes, and no gloves unless you want to use them. Just place the Poly soaked cloth in a safe place to dry out.

The results were very good and allowed me to get the job done with only 2 or 3 coats.

Here are some photos of the results.
Let me know what you think.

-- James E McIntyre



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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#1 posted 09-09-2019 10:07 PM

Clever idea. Going to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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JimYoung

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#2 posted 09-10-2019 01:17 AM

Neat idea, you could probably make it wider to suit your needs.

How far do you get with soaking it once?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 09-10-2019 02:34 AM

Thanks Jim. Your right it is like a soaking. It’s like flowing it on. It looks great with one coat if you get a glass look while applying It.

Experiment.

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 09-10-2019 03:05 AM

Thanks, Saw Dust Whisperer.
I think I saw that clown eating French fries outside of my local McDonalds.
He looked like the evil twin of Ronald.

-- James E McIntyre

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Rich

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#5 posted 09-10-2019 06:37 AM

I don’t get the evil clown meme. What’s the point? It serves no purpose here.

Regarding the “new twist,” again, what’s the point? Wiping varnishes should be wiped. If you want a heavier film, there are other, better, options. The beauty of wipe on poly is that it’s so easy. Be patient and apply it the way it’s intended. If you need more coats… So what?

I have to say James E McIntyre, looking at your project page, you are a very talented woodworker. I admire your work. I just don’t see the benefit of this technique.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#6 posted 09-10-2019 11:56 AM

Now that is pretty clever! Kind of like grading!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-10-2019 02:14 PM

for the most part ill have to agree with rich on this,i tend to go with the manufacturers recommendations.it’s the same reason i use oil finishes,you get a perfect finish and you can build as many layers as needed.this may work ok on a flat surface but what about uneven or mouldings, and i can see problems with runs on vertical surfaces.seems limited for good results to me.
maybe the clown had a bad finishing experience-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 09-10-2019 04:49 PM


I don t get the evil clown meme. What s the point? It serves no purpose here.

Regarding the “new twist,” again, what s the point? Wiping varnishes should be wiped. If you want a heavier film, there are other, better, options. The beauty of wipe on poly is that it s so easy. Be patient and apply it the way it s intended. If you need more coats… So what?

I have to say James E McIntyre, looking at your project page, you are a very talented woodworker. I admire your work. I just don t see the benefit of this technique.

- Rich

Thanks for your input Rich. Sounds like your having a bad day. I hope it improves.

I like using Wipe-On Poly because it dries so fast and that helps limit the dust particles that can fall on the surface while it’s wet. If you build another project that can be finish flat give it a try, you might be surprised how uniform your finish will be. Early morning is the best time for applying this type of finish.

And Rich, if you look closer at the photo the finish is being wiped.

You seem to have a bad reaction to clowns. Were you frightened by one as a boy.

Best Regards,
J. McIntyre

-- James E McIntyre

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Rich

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#9 posted 09-10-2019 05:22 PM


Thanks for your input Rich. Sounds like your having a bad day. I hope it improves.

[...]

You seem to have a bad reaction to clowns. Were you frightened by one as a boy.

- James E McIntyre

You know, James, I posted my comment without being a jerk. In fact, I was very complimentary regarding your woodworking. What possessed you to choose to insult me? Makes me wonder who’s having a bad day.

For the record, I don’t have an aversion to clowns, only to stupid memes which have no place in the discussion.

BTW, if you call that wiping… Well, I’ll just leave it at that.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 09-10-2019 05:36 PM

Thanks for your input Rich. As you said, “What’s the point?”
Hope your day improves.

Seems like your not going to try this fantastic finishing formula.
Does this mean we are not going to be buddies?
Best Regards

-- James E McIntyre

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#11 posted 09-10-2019 05:51 PM

James. I tried your new twist on Wipe On Poly yesterday. When I got up this morning the finish was great!
All I had to do is rub a paper bag over it to knock down the dust specs.
Thanks for the tip.
There is a point here.

And Rich, I’m sorry I frighten you with the scary clown. The meme. I shouldn’t have posted it. I didn’t know about your Coulorphobia condition.
Some people have to crap all over everything.
You can’t kick someone then complement them and think everything is ok.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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Rich

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#12 posted 09-10-2019 06:02 PM


Seems like your not going to try this fantastic finishing formula.

- James E McIntyre

When you’re (note the correct use of the contraction) as skilled as I am with finishes, you don’t need gimmicks. Keep working on it though.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 09-10-2019 06:52 PM

Thanks Rich. Your rational and calming input is always welcome here.
Did I use the proper contraction?
If not, it’s ok. Everything will be all right.
Best Regards,
J.McIntyre

-- James E McIntyre

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pottz

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#14 posted 09-10-2019 07:10 PM



Thanks Rich. Your rational and calming input is always welcome here.
Did I use the proper contraction?
If not it’s ok. Everything will be all right.
Best Regards,
J.McIntyre

- James E McIntyre

actually i thought rich was very rational in saying why use a wipe on finish if your not going to wipe it on,makes sense right? ive always found his knowledge of finishing to be spot on.and he was kind in complimenting your work.his opinions are always welcome to me and those that understand his knowledge.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 09-10-2019 07:20 PM


Thanks Rich. Your rational and calming input is always welcome here.
Did I use the proper contraction?
If not it’s ok. Everything will be all right.

Best Regards,
J.McIntyre

- James E McIntyre

actually i thought rich was very rational in saying why use a wipe on finish if your not going to wipe it on,makes sense right? ive always found his knowledge of finishing to be spot on.and he was kind in complimenting your work.his opinions are always welcome to me and those that understand his knowledge.

- pottz


Thanks Pottz
I though one bully was enough.
I guess I was wrong.
Like Saw Dust said. “Some people have to crap all over everything.”
Has your relationship with Cricket improved?
Please don’t post any more negative comments..

Best Regards,
J. McIntyre

-- James E McIntyre

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