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    Finishing help

    Since my projects are getting bigger, Beeswax and friction polish ain't gonna cut it anymore. I see a lot of mention of wipe-on poly, etc. What is it, how is it applied? I'm used to applying my finish while spinning. I'm guessing this won't work anymore either. Whatever should I do?
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    Jim, I have used formby's tongue oil, minwas tongue oil, wipe on poly and watco danish oil. I've also used rattle can deft laquer after the oil drys. I prefer the danish oil, mostly because it is cheaper. When I run out this time I will be making my own oil...if I can find the recipe someone gave me... (yes that is a hint for someone to type it up again)
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    I use Deft lacquer, Minwax wipe on poly, Minwax Antique Oil and General Finishes Seal-A-Cell followed by Arm-R-Seal.
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    What's the best way to apply these finishes guys?; while spinning, in hand? Stupid question of the moment, how is wipe-on poly applied; towel, brush, HVLP?
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    Jim, I apply all my finishes while the lathe is off, but the piece is usually still on the lathe. (spray laquer is done off the lathe). I put on a large amount with a throw away brush and let it soak in. Then I wipe it off with an old t-shirt rag and repeat as needed/wanted. I will sometimes turn the lathe on and use shavings in my hands to try and add a little more luster to the piece as well.

    Not a dumb question at all about the wipe on poly...but yes you just wipe it on with a rag or paper towel or if I remember correctly you can use a brush as well as long as you wipe off the excess.

    I'm sure you will get loads of do and don'ts when it comes to finishing...I've tried lots and what I do works the best for me, might not for others. Good luck
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    I finish nearly everything off the lathe. I use mostly Minwax Antique Oil for a wipe-on finish. I've also used Formby's Tung Oil finish, but it doesn't seem to build up as quickly as the Antique Oil. I use spray can lacquer (or waterbased lacquer from a HVLP gun) for spray finishes.

    As Jeff mentioned, the wipe-on finishes are just that...you wipe them on with a rag, let it sit for a few minutes (varies, depending on the product), then wipe off the excess.
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    Hey Jim, I used wipe on poly (Minwax) on my last few projects and like it a lot. I apply with the lathe off, then wipe, sometimes wipe with the lathe turning slowly. After several coats (4 to 6 plus light coats) over several days (I usually let it dry 24 hrs between coats) I go thru the three step Beall buff process for a smooth finish. Leaves a high shine when using gloss, a smooth deep finish when using satin.

    This one was about 6 coats of Minwax Gloss, sanded or steel wooled between coats down to 0000 steel wool, Then Beall Buffed.
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    Question to you guys who are finishing pieces still on the lathe...

    How do you finish the bottoms of your pieces?
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    I apply all my finishes off the lathe except for like pens. All others are finished off the lathe. All my finishes except for deft rattle can lacquer is applied by wiping the finish on with a foam brush or a paper towel. After whatever the time the directions on the can says to leave it on the piece and then I wipe off the excess. Let dry for 24 hrs and reapply the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Question to you guys who are finishing pieces still on the lathe...

    How do you finish the bottoms of your pieces?
    Usually I've cut a tenon and mounted in a 4 jaw chuck. The inside and outside will be final shaped, sanded and finished as close to the chuck as I can safely get. Then I reverse chuck in a donut chuck and shape, sand and finish the bottom. Yes, you do get some overlap in the finish, but that just buffs out -- never had a problem. I sometimes oil then finish with poly, sometimes just poly on bare wood, If you are staining or coloring the piece, then this method may not work.

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