Wiping poly formula

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Forum topic by ric53 posted 09-12-2019 09:03 PM 252 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2019 09:03 PM

Does anyone know the ratio of thinner to poly to produce a wiping poly similar to min wax’s? Also what is the preferred thinner? Naptha or Paint Thinner?

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#1 posted 09-12-2019 09:17 PM

50/50 works great for me, and seems to be the general recommendation. Minwax is even thinner according to their data sheet (approx. 50-75%). Always used mineral spirits (paint thinner) and never had a problem.


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#2 posted 09-12-2019 09:21 PM

Yep, 50/50 is good. I always recommend products labeled paint thinner over mineral spirits since many of today’s mineral spirits have been stripped of some solvents to make it “green” and low odor.

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 09:22 PM

I always use MS at somewhere around 50/50. Just kind of eyeball the 50/50. It really not a critical ratio in my experience.

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#4 posted 09-12-2019 09:34 PM

I use Watco and poly. 50/50 to start with. Usually 3 applications. The poly is increased by 25% for each subsequent application. Final coat is straight poly, usually sprayed. My method takes 4-5 days. Each application is allowed to cure for 24 hours.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 09-12-2019 09:58 PM

I start with 50/50 [poly/MS] for the first wipe on coat. Second coat usually about 70/30. Third coat, if I have done any sanding, also 70/30. Final coal full strength poly using a brush. Again, if necessary, light sanding with 400 grit or finer.
In my hot/dry climate during the summer months, [Central Valley of California], each of the wipe on coat dries in just an hour or so. Therefore the first 4 coat only take me a day.
THEN and final coat wiping coat of 50/50 usually the next day.

Final step, polish with brown paper bag.
Love the results

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 09-12-2019 10:52 PM

50/50 is pretty much standard, as confirmed above, but I typically go thinner on 1st coat, like 70/30 MS/poly, then increase to 50/50. I think this first step helps absorption deeper into the wood. Some might argue???

Final step, polish with brown paper bag.
Love the results

- rustfever

This is a great tip. I do this also with shellac, which is my go to finish.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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