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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 02-06-2019 01:52 PM 1015 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2019 01:52 PM

Saw the thread about removing dust after sanding between coats. Good stuff.

My blue shop towels are failing me. I’m trying to build up a finish with Arm-R-Seal and the nubs are killing me. I eventually gave up and just put coat over coat (3 coats) thinking I would just sand before last coat, but the nubs are multiplying. At first I thought it was from dust in the room (inside basement bathroom) so I thoroughly cleaned everything but still more nubs. I looked while the finish was wet and theres fuzzies from my blue shop towels in it!

So… What do you use to apply wipe-on poly?


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#1 posted 02-06-2019 02:25 PM

Old tee shirt works great.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 02-06-2019 02:38 PM

Yep, old tee shirts. 100% cotton ones that have been washed to death :-) Take your cloth and whack it against your hand a few times or hit it with some compressed air. If you see any fibers floating around afterwards, don’t use that one.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 02-06-2019 02:48 PM

Cool, I’ll give it a shot.

Is it still KonMari if the old t-shirts go to the shop??

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#4 posted 02-06-2019 02:58 PM

old t-shirts for wipe on, but have found it’s easier and faster to use the small HF HVLP spray gun, I can get 3 coats done in a couple of hours depending on weather conditions.

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#5 posted 02-06-2019 03:39 PM

Been know to use coffee filters once or twice. They’re good enough to drink from they’re good enough to apply poly.

Have you tried to keep the shop towels in a cleaner area before hand?

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#6 posted 02-06-2019 03:42 PM



Have you tried to keep the shop towels in a cleaner area before hand?
- Cold_Pizza

No, there’s a little dust on them, but I blow them off before using. But the problem is definitely micro-shreds and fuzzies, not dust from them.

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#7 posted 02-06-2019 03:52 PM



Cool, I ll give it a shot.

Is it still KonMari if the old t-shirts go to the shop??

- jamsomito

I have no idea. I had to google KonMari to even know what it is ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 02-06-2019 03:54 PM

I have no idea. I had to google KonMari to even know what it is ;-)

- HokieKen

Hahahaha, it’s a big thing these days. Just a joke.

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#9 posted 02-06-2019 04:20 PM



Cool, I ll give it a shot.

Is it still KonMari if the old t-shirts go to the shop??

- jamsomito

Yep just have to thank it before throwing it away.

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#10 posted 02-06-2019 04:30 PM

I usually buy a bulk pack of tees in the fall. After a year of wearing and washing, they move on to the shop. Free Tees from wherever, usually take a lot less time to get to the shop, cut out the screen printed area and the rest is good to use.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 02-06-2019 04:34 PM

I use the white poly pads for this…they also are a mild abrasive so you get some help there too.

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#12 posted 02-06-2019 04:51 PM

100% cotton tee shirt rags… 100% clean and dust free before starting!

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#13 posted 02-06-2019 06:06 PM

A good quality foam brush works with Arm-R-Seal very nicely. Lays down smooth and even. I used one to put the Arm-R-Seal on this mesquite table.

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#14 posted 02-06-2019 06:13 PM



A good quality foam brush works with Arm-R-Seal very nicely. Lays down smooth and even. I used one to put the Arm-R-Seal on this mesquite table.

- Rich

Thanks for commenting on that. I was curious about the foam brushes but I’ve never used them before. One concern I have is these are small pieces with not much flat surface (proud finger joint boxes with relief details on top and bottom) so I didn’t know how that would work, but maybe it’s easier in practice than my mind. I think that’s contributing to my issues with the blue shop towels – small snags and whatnot.

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#15 posted 02-06-2019 06:18 PM

I’ve never used Arm-R-Seal but I have tried applying poly with foam brushes and it did not go well. Air bubbles abounded. Maybe if it was cut a little thinner it would have gone better. I get such good results with wiping it on though that I really haven’t experimented with brushes and the wipe-on stuff.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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