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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 10-23-2017 10:44 PM 811 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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10-23-2017 10:44 PM

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Hey guys, I am doing a walnut blanket chest for a friend and she said that she wanted a semi gloss finish on it. I was thinking about using the Minwax wipe on poly, but it only comes in a satin or gloss. Asking the question if I could mix 50/50 to get a semi gloss finish. It sounds good, but I have never tried doing that before. Just asking to see if anyone else has come up on this problem before.


-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 10-23-2017 10:49 PM

Never tried mixing. My local ACE hardware has some stuff. It’s $13 a quart and they hav it in gloss/semi/ satin. The tables that i just did hav the satin and it went on easy with a brush. Dried fast to but was very smelly. If u don’t wanna mix stuff u might give that a shot

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#2 posted 10-23-2017 11:09 PM

I mostly use satin wipe-on-poly and it has plenty of shine to it. You may just want to try that on some scrap first.

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#3 posted 10-24-2017 12:04 AM

General Finishes Arm-R-Seal comes in semi-gloss, and IMO it looks much better than Minwax.

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#4 posted 10-24-2017 01:26 AM

Min wax wipe on poly satin is pretty darn shiny. Give it a try on a scrap before you mix it with other stuff, it takes a few coats before the sheen builds.

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#5 posted 10-24-2017 01:27 AM

General Finishes Arm-R-Seal comes in semi-gloss, and IMO it looks much better than Minwax.

- jonah

+1, and it wipes on just as nicely as Minwax.

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#6 posted 10-24-2017 12:37 PM

Yes you can mix gloss and satin to get semigloss. Make sure to mix the satin well. Try satin on scrap, prepped the same way you will prep the project, it may be bright enough.

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#7 posted 10-24-2017 12:59 PM

As other have said wipe on oil polyurethane minmax included are much shinier than for example waterbased. Try satin first.

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#8 posted 10-24-2017 01:12 PM

Thanks everyone for all the info. I am going to try just the satin poly, maybe 5 coats or so. She works with my wife, and when she ask her what finish she wanted, she said that she wasn’t sure that she just did not want it too shinny.
I think the satin will be fine.

Again Thanks Everyone.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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